Our scripture today is Ephesians 4:1-7.
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.”
Paul reminds us that we are a family, part of God’s plan, and that we all have responsibilities because of this. He doesn’t say anything about what we think we have – possessions, social standing, education, power. Instead he points to the fact that “grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift” (v. 7).
We all have something to share with the world as God’s children. We sometimes fall into the trap of thinking in earthly terms of “things” rather than gifts from God for all our benefit. We may not have huge sums of money or large amounts of free time, but most of us are able to spare some of both.
It’s been said that where we spend our time and money determines who we are as people. Think about the other gifts you have been given and how they can be used for the good of all. God has blessed us with these and expects us to use them wisely.
Loving Lord, we are thankful for all Your many gifts to us. Help us use them according to Your plan, sharing Your love with all the world. Amen.