Community: How Does It Work? | Romans 12:6-8
We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
When I was growing up we used to sing “This Little Light of Mine.” Remember that song? The song included the proclamation, “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine” followed by the sung question, “Hide it under a bushel?” And then we all yelled, “NO! I’m gonna let it shine.” That’s pretty much Paul’s point in today’s passage.
Notice the repetition of “let him.” Paul emphasizes that we need to use whatever gift we have. If a person has the gift of service, teaching, encouraging or giving, what good is it if that person doesn’t serve, teach, encourage, or give? Why would anyone want to hide their light?
I think we should re-introduce that children’s song into our adult existence. God has given you a great gift, a “light.” Are you going to ignore it, neglect it, or hide it under a bushel? Shout it with me…ready? “NO! I’m gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.”
Father, thank you for the gift that you give each believer. May we let them shine until Jesus comes. In his name we pray, Amen.