Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13 Feast of Charles Henry Brent, Bishop of the Philippines, and of Western New York, 1929
In the movie, Moonrise Kingdom, one of the main characters carries a pair of binoculars with her every place she goes. She says the binoculars are her “special power.” Each of us has been given our own, unique, personalized set of gifts by God, our own customized special powers. These gifts are to be put to good use, developed and honed for one reason says the author of Ephesians: “…for building up the body of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:12b) These opportunities to use our God-given gifts for “building up” happen every day, probably many times a day if we pay attention. But like all gifts or special powers, we can use our gifts for good, or ill. The gift of sarcasm can add humor and light or can cause humiliation and pain. We can choose to either diminish or build up the body of Christ with our set of gifts. Take a moment today and make a list of all of the special gifts you have been given by God. My guess is that when you’re finished you will have quite a list. Carry the list with you, like the binoculars of the movie’s main character. Over the course of the next week, notice when you have used your gifts…were they for the building up of the body of Christ? See if there are gifts you’ve been given that you aren’t using or that you didn’t use the previous week. Notice the people in your life that help you to more readily use your gifts, or encourage you to use your special powers. How could you employ them more often going forward? How can you better use your gifts to the building up of the body of Christ?
With God’s Peace,