“For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly…” Romans 12:4-16 (NASB)
As you may know, the track season has recently ended. During the season I was hard at work training with the rest of the Covenant team to be ready for our meets. However, after going to my first meet, I quickly realized something. When you are competing with big muscular guys who can hurl a discus nearly twice as far as you, you are reminded that God has gifted each of us with many different talents. Although we may have many strengths in one area, it is likely that we have weaknesses in another. Someone may be great at writing papers, but then they get nervous when it comes time to present them to an audience. Or they could be an amazing artist, but struggle with finishing all their work in Rocket Math on time. Where some may do poorly, others may excel and this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Brandon and family at Easter
When we are given a gift, we are supposed to use it to glorify God and help others. In the process, many relationships and careers and opportunities are formed. What would be the use for a Greek teachers if all of his or her students could speak fluent Greek, or a plumber if his clients could fix their own pipes? Instead, the strengths and talents we possess can be used to provide for others, and to help them in the areas they struggle. Romans 12:4-16 (NASB) says, “For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly…” This verse compares us to members of a body, which is an apt description. Our bodies are made up of a vast number of parts. From our heart, which can pump roughly 2000 gallons of blood throughout your body in just one day, to our bones, which are stronger than steel. When these parts work together and support one another, the human body is capable of amazing things. Similarly, our gifts may come in many difference forms and are helpful in many different areas of life. But, when we work together, we can support each other and help each other grow.
As I come to a close, I want to remind you that you and I are not valuable because of certain strengths we may have, but instead because we are made in the image of God. God’s love for us does not depend on how far we can throw a discus or how fast we can sprint; it is important that we remember that we are all given different gifts and we ultimately are to use them to glorify God.
As part of their training in Rhetoric, our students in grades ten and up are required to develop and present a brief presentation to the school body during Chapel with guidance from their instructors and school curriculum. Each student presentation must be understandable and relevant to all age groups. Sowing seeds of rhetoric training by requiring them speak to all age levels has yielded a harvest for all to enjoy.
This week’s presentation was given by Brandon, one of our eleventh grade students (pictured).