This letter that I am writing today comes from the reading of Romans Chapter 12 verses 1-21. In Romans chapter 12 it is putting an emphasis on dedicating your life to God. In Romans chapter 12 it also tells us why we should dedicate our life to God and what we should not do. I explain further but the one thing that I want share with you today are the gifts from God and how they operate in unity.
In Romans chapter 12 verses 1-2 it reads; I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]. (AMP Classic Edition)
In the above scriptures it is saying to devote everything within and without to God. What I am referring to when I say devote everything within and without, I am saying your whole life to God. How do we devote our life to God by reading the word of God (the bible). When you read the bible, you are beholding the face of God and what happens is the more you read the bible the more you are transformed and renewed in your mind. You learn the ways of God his precepts, you gain Godly wisdom and understanding. Your character transforms, your spiritual eyes will open and God will begin to download his infinite wisdom to you.
Allow me to continue, in Romans chapter 12 verse 1 it also says devote your body to God because it is your reasonable service. In other words, devoting your life to God is the best thing to do. Devoting your life to God is the most logical and reasonable thing to do because when you do this your life will literally change.
Now this is just my opinion of why the word reasonable is used in the bible. Most of the times we make decisions on our own human logic. When I read this particular scripture, it was as though the scripture was saying you have human logic, and this is the most logical thing you can do as a human being it to submit totally to God.
Continuing on to verse 2 on Romans chapter 12. The verse is telling us not to conform to the worlds way of doing things but look at or read what God says in his word to do. For example, it says pray for your enemies and be good to those who despitefully use you or wish all matter of evil against you. Notice the word of God never tells us to treat your enemy wrong. This is your enemy not someone you had a disagreement with but an enemy. You can only achieve this by the Spirit of God operating in your life this is why you need to devote your body to God.
I am going to move forward to Romans chapter 12 verses 3-21; 3 For by the grace (unmerited favor of God) given to me I warn everyone among you not to estimate and think of himself more highly than he ought [not to have an exaggerated opinion of his own importance], but to rate his ability with sober judgment, each according to the degree of faith apportioned by God to him. 4 For as in one physical body we have many parts (organs, members) and all of these parts do not have the same function or use, 5 So we, numerous as we are, are one body in Christ (the Messiah) and individually we are parts one of another [mutually dependent on one another]. 6 Having gifts (faculties, talents, qualities) that differ according to the grace given us, let us use them: [He whose gift is] prophecy, [let him prophesy] according to the proportion of his faith; 7 [He whose gift is] practical service, let him give himself to serving; he who teaches, to his teaching; 8 He who exhorts (encourages), to his exhortation; he who contributes, let him do it in simplicity and liberality; he who gives aid and superintends, with zeal and singleness of mind; he who does acts of mercy, with genuine cheerfulness and joyful eagerness. 9 [Let your] love be sincere (a real thing); hate what is evil [loathe all ungodliness, turn in horror from wickedness], but hold fast to that which is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection [as members of one family], giving precedence and showing honor to one another. 11 Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord. 12 Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of God’s people [sharing in the necessities of the saints]; pursue the practice of hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you [who are cruel in their attitude toward you]; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice [sharing others’ joy], and weep with those who weep [sharing others’ grief]. 16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty (snobbish, high-minded, exclusive), but readily adjust yourself to [people, things] and give yourselves to humble tasks. Never overestimate yourself or be wise in your own conceits. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but take thought for what is honest and proper and noble [aiming to be above reproach] in the sight of everyone. 18 If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for [God’s] wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay (requite), says the Lord. 20 But if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head. 21 Do not let yourself be overcome by evil, but overcome (master) evil with good. (AMP Classic Edition)
I know I am giving you loads of scripture but it is needed and I am asking you to please read every scripture that I have presented in this letter today so that you can get a glimpse of the love of God and how he wants to reveal himself to everyone who will accept him as Lord and Savior.
The Gifts given from God can be found in Romans 12 verses 5-8; 5 So we, numerous as we are, are one body in Christ (the Messiah) and individually we are parts one of another [mutually dependent on one another]. 6 Having gifts (faculties, talents, qualities) that differ according to the grace given us, let us use them: [He whose gift is] prophecy, [let him prophesy] according to the proportion of his faith; 7 [He whose gift is] practical service, let him give himself to serving; he who teaches, to his teaching; 8 He who exhorts (encourages), to his exhortation; he who contributes, let him do it in simplicity and liberality; he who gives aid and superintends, with zeal and singleness of mind; he who does acts of mercy, with genuine cheerfulness and joyful eagerness.
God has given us all gifts but we must seek him to find them and how to deliver them. Also, when you seek God and he reveals the gift that’s inside you, you must know that the gift you carry is mutually dependent on one another. The best way to describe this is to go the book of Ephesians chapter 4.
In Ephesians 4:10-14; 10 He Who descended is the [very] same as He Who also has ascended high above all the heavens, that He [His presence] might fill all things (the whole universe, from the lowest to the highest). 11 And His gifts were [varied; He Himself appointed and gave men to us] some to be apostles (special messengers), some prophets (inspired preachers and expounders), some evangelists (preachers of the Gospel, traveling missionaries), some pastors (shepherds of His flock) and teachers. 12 His intention was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints (His consecrated people), [that they should do] the work of ministering toward building up Christ’s body (the church), 13 [That it might develop] until we all attain oneness in the faith and in the comprehension of the [[b]full and accurate] knowledge of the Son of God, that [we might arrive] at really mature manhood (the completeness of personality which is nothing less than the standard height of Christ’s own perfection), the measure of the stature of the fullness of the Christ and the completeness found in Him. 14 So then, we may no longer be children, tossed [like ships] to and fro between chance gusts of teaching and wavering with every changing wind of doctrine, [the prey of] the cunning and cleverness of [c]unscrupulous men, [gamblers engaged] in every shifting form of trickery in inventing errors to mislead.(AMP classic Edition)
Finally, the unity of Gifts is this. When we devote our body as a living sacrifice to God and accept the gift that he has given us. We then are able to develop and mature the church and operate in so much unity. When we are all in the same vein it works like this a teacher will teach what the prophet has spoken and the prophet will say what the pastor is teaching everything will be confirmed through the various gifts and it will be of the same mind. This is the place God wants his people. The Kingdom of God operates under the laws of God, the principles of God so that there would be Unity and there would be no place or room to be misled in any way.
Father God I thank you for this day. God, I thank you for this beautiful revelation of the gifts you have bestowed and wish to freely give your people. God help us to seek your face. God give us your knowledge, wisdom, understanding and reverential fear of you. God, we need you and you said that you will never leave us nor forsake us and we believe that so that’s why we are praying to you Father. Father you said you want to give us all things and we receive the things you have given us before the foundation of the world every spiritual and physical thing and by faith we receive it and will patiently wait with an expectant heart. God keep revealing yourself to us so that we can display and declare the perfect will of God. God thank you for hearing our prayer and answering our prayer. In Jesus name. Amen.