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It is hard to not want to be center stage.  In all walks of life, we as a people are drawn to make themselves as the center of the universe.  From birth, we are raised and trained to be unique and individual.  Truth is, however, we are part of a body—the body of Christ.  As a part of a body—we work together to glorify God.  Like all bodies there are parts are very visible and other parts that while not seen are critical. 

 God knew that the Church would have to act as a body in order for it to survive. So He intentionally gifted the members differently.  We have to be thrilled that we are each gifted differently.  One of my favorite parts of the body of Christ are those that are gifted to serve.  They clean the floors, they hook up lights, they mow lawns, move families feed the poor and help the elderly.  We never see them on stage, but, clearly their impact on the community are the picture of the church.

 Whatever the gift, one must use it with excitement and the realization that the body only works when it works as a whole.  We cannot be discouraged—simply because there is not a great deal of recognition.  The important recognition is the growth of the church and the honoring of Christ.  In eternity, we will be honored by the only one whose opinion matters, our heavenly Father.  His recognition will be the recognition of a Dad! In the meantime, serve, give, teach, evangelize, encourage,  prophecy or lead—but do it as a part of a body.

 God Bless You

 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.