church life: what’s your purpose?

Every Sunday morning, she wakes up thankful for another day to serve the Lord. She stretches and yawns, plants her feet on the floor and heads for the kitchen. Coffee, she thinks. I need coffee. As the coffee is brewing, she opens her Bible to Romans 12. Once the coffee is poured, four sugars and a splash of French vanilla creamer; she sits down to dig into the Word.

Two cups of coffee and one chapter later, she begins to get ready for church. As she showers, does her makeup and hair and gets dress; she thinks about what she studied from the Bible. She wonders what her spiritual gifts are and where her gifts would be best served in the church. She thinks about how important she is as a member of the body of Christ. By the time she leaves for church, her mind is renewed. She knows that she has a purpose and her spirit is revived. She is on fire for God!

She pulls into the parking lot. Not immediately getting out the car, she sits and watches her fellow church goers head to the door. Do they know that they have a purpose too? Do they know that God has a purpose for them? If they knew, would they behave differently? Would they be on fire for God?

Before she opens the car door to head inside, she prays. She asks God to help her church family see their purpose just as He helped her to see her own. She prays that their spirits are revived and renewed. She prays that God moves in a mighty way in her church. There is a panoply of believers in her midst, things could be so much better, if they knew what they were capable of. Do they know that they can do anything with Him?   …do they believe it?

For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. – Romans 12:4-5

via Daily Prompt: Panoply

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