One of the great things spoken at our son’s Anglican church is said while the communion bread is being served and just before it’s given to the congregation. At that point in the service, the rector says, “The gifts of God, for the people of God.” I love that. God has given us gifts to be used.
1 Peter 4:10 says, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others.” The gifts that God has given to you are not for you to build yourself up or to give yourself status, they are given to you so that you can help and serve others. The body is full of different gifts that seem like they don't relate to each other until they come together for an event or worship or for prayer and then you begin to see the different gifts of God being utilized to bring His kingdom to the earth at this time. We all have a part to play in this incredible orchestra, to use our gifts to serve others. And when we serve others, it produces a good thing.
A few months ago, my son and I went on a tour of the Ford Motor truck plant in Dearborn, Michigan. It's an amazing tour. There are a lot of robots that orchestrate everything to fit perfectly. The truck bodies come in at the perfect time and the engines come in at another time, and then the tires and the glass at their time. It shows in an incredible way how a variety of things can come together to produce one very good thing. If you took the glass robot, or the guy who is installing the tailgate, or the person putting in the seats out of context, they don't seem very significant. But when you go to the end of the assembly line and an incredible truck rolls off – one every minute, 60 an hour – you realize a lot of people have had to work together to build this truck. It's the same thing that Peter is talking about. We use our gifts to advance the kingdom of God in powerful ways. So, I would encourage all of us to consider how we can use our gifts to serve others.