Scripture:   1Corinthians 14:26  What then shall we say, brothers and sisters?  When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, or a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation.  Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.  (NIV)

Observation:   When we gather for our church meetings, we expect the pastor to have something prepared to say; we expect the teachers to have their lessons prepared for their class; we expect the worship leader and musicians to have songs prepared.   Many go to church prepared to receive, but not prepared to give.  However this verse says that “EACH OF YOU” has something to give.     

Application:  What the Lord has for me to give may not be a public expression of God’s grace from the front of the congregation when everyone is listening to me; it may be a word of comfort or encouragement given to an individual.  It may be more than the tithes I put in the offering; it may be the two or three, five or ten dollars the Lord has me give to someone with a special need.   I must go ready to give as the Lord shows me a need.  When I arrive at the church, even in the parking lot, I should begin looking for an opportunity to share God’s grace. 

Prayer:   Lord, prepare me to be an instrument of Your grace when I gather with other believers.    Amen 

Pastor Leon
Making friends for time and eternity!