For it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. (Colossians 1:19-20 NASB)
In this series on spiritual gifts, I have noted that there are varieties of gifts but the same Spirit, there are varieties of ministries but the same Lord, there are varieties of effects but the same God who works all things in all persons.
Every single believer is important and has a place in the body of Christ. What does this mean? It means that you need every single piece of the puzzle or you would not be able to complete the whole picture. God makes no mistakes and when the Spirit of God divinely gifts a believer, they are to use that combination of gifts in the church because without those gifts, the church would not be whole.
Every Christian has a unique combination of spiritual gifts that combined with their talents and abilities helps them to serve Christ’s church in submission and obedience to God’s Word and to the benefit and needs of their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
I submit and subject everything that I am and everything that I do to the Word of God. That is what Christianity is. We are to present ourselves as a living sacrifice to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is through His Word that He exercises His authority over His church during this period of time we call the "Church age."
In continuing the spiritual gifts series, I want to discuss why the need for God to grow our faith is so vital to our removing of "Self" from our Christian life. I have already established that self is one of the greatest barriers to a healthy church. It is also one of the greatest barriers to properly using spiritual gifts in the church.
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
This will take us way back to the infancy of my website and ministry. One of the first blog posts I had done back in 2016 when I got started in the website and blogging world was related to the different "KJV Only Groups" and how they differ in their viewpoints and the way in which they operate.
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. (Romans 12:1 NASB)