Harmony: Different Together
Do Your Part
Day 1: How do you see yourself today? Does it line up with how God sees you? Ephesians 2:10 says, "For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago." Through Jesus, the dark, old, sinful parts of us are dead. We are loved, highly valued children in His eyes. That is how God sees you and me. Find a few quiet moments and let that sink in. Use one of these ideas or come up with your own:
· Recite the verse 10 times
· Turn it into a prayer
· Have someone read it aloud to you, and you do the same for them
These can help us to exchange the perspectives we have about ourselves for the perspective God has of us.
Day 2: On Sunday Travis provided some background on the church in the city of Corinth and the letter that was written to them. Paul, the author of the letter, was not the center figure of this church; he was just one figure. He was a contributor because he used his strengths, stepping into God's purpose for him to guide and advise this particular community. This particular community in Corinth was also just one church in the region. Read I Corinthians 12:4-11. Do you know what gifts the Holy Spirit has given you? If so, how have you used them in the church and with your family? How has that changed you? If you are unsure, consider a book by Erik Rees called SHAPE. Talk to a Jesus follower who you trust and ask them how it has impacted their life and how they have seen your gifts impact yours as well. Using our gifts is how we will find the good works He planned for us long ago.
Day 3: Are you in an orchestra? Our current message series, Harmony: Different Together, reminds us that our life isn’t meant to be lived with us in the center; rather we are part of something bigger. Read I Corinthians 12:4-12. The Spirit gives different gifts for the purpose of following Jesus. It’s easy to get confused in thinking the church is a building or the paid staff. However, the role of the pastors and staff is to help those who come to thebuilding to be the church. Yes, pastors do have an important role to play, but so do you and others in the church. Anyone who calls LSCC home is a part of the church. If our church were an orchestra, a pastor may be a conductor, however his job is still to train, equip, and coordinate the musicians. Consider this important question that we should all ask ourselves: Are we playing an instrument or watching in the audience? If not, what has kept you from playing an instrument right now? If you are, how are you doing? Is your playing helping others? Is it filling you? Have others been inspired to pick up an instrument because you are playing yours?
Day 4: Read John 10:10-11. What kind of a life does Jesus offer us? What kind of a shepherd is Jesus for us? He invites us to live a meaningful and significant life, a full life. Flip to John 15:5-8. How are we to live this life? Notice that we do not bear fruit on our own, but remain connected to Him. This kind of life comes through Jesus. As we recall from this week's message, we are all to play our part, some part in a "larger story." We “play our instrument” in expressing love for our sake and the sake of others. When we play our part, Jesus will produce the fruit, as long as we do not become weary and choose to remain faithful in Him. Pray and ask God to show you today how your strengths and abilities can be put in play to love and serve others.
Day 5: Nike says to "Just do it," and we agree. If an obstacle is in your way, just do it anyways. Read Hebrews 10:22-25. Let’s consider how we can spur one another toward love and good deeds. At the age of 23, I was dating someone who lived 90 miles away from me. Not only did I intend to visit her on many weekends, I actually did visit her many weekends. My intention was clear. I was motivated to get to know this person and to spend time with her. I rearranged my daily life to make those trips. When our motivation is clear, we can climb over obstacles to reach our destination. Where are you at spiritually? What is God stirring and working at in you? Is it to find a part, to practice your part, or try a different part? Or is He speaking something else to you? Whatever it is, just do it. Even if its messy, hard or confusing, keep at it, and do it anyway.