What’s your gift?

This week has been half-term for me and I have celebrated the time off by trying to get my house in order. Richard will often joke and ask when he will next ‘see the kitchen table’ and I will tell him the date of the next school holiday! So, this week I have sorted bags for charity, tidied, cleaned and tried to have a good sort out before my next opportunity – the Easter holidays! As a fellowship we are working through the book of Ephesians and a recurring theme is about our part in building the Kingdom of God. We need to be developing a growing awareness of what God has been and is growing and developing in us so that we can serve Him and our community. Last week we read the following from Ephesians Chapter 2: ‘19  Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household,  20  built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.  21  In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.  22  And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.’ As a fellowship we have been so encouraged by the journey that the Lord has been taking us on over the past couple of years and we are looking forward with great excitement to the doors that He will open for us moving forward. The church of Ephesus was made up of Christians from both Jewish and Gentile backgrounds, but they all shared the one faith. As we move forward and work alongside members of Christchurch Newcastle in developing something new in West Denton, let’s keep our identity firmly rooted in the Lord and let’s seek to serve the Lord as He wants us to. 1 Corinthians states: ’18  But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.  19  If they were all one part, where would the body be?  20  As it is, there are many parts, but one body.’ Do you know which part of the body God wants you to be? We each have God-given gifts that He has given us to support the role in our fellowship that He knows is the right part for us. Just as I have spent half term trying to sort out my wardrobes and kitchen surfaces to eliminate clutter, I would like to encourage each of us to seek God’s plan for our lives; is there any clutter that is simply not part of God’s plan? Moving forward we want to see everybody playing their part so that we don’t have 3 feet and only 1 hand; please take time to pray about what God wants you to do so that we can be built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit. Thank you. Ali