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We continue in the THursdayTHought Re-Run Summer. From July 14, 2011.
I had a thought (ha!ha!)… if a group of people are marching through the streets and there is no one to watch them, can you call them a parade?
As thought about the parade last week, I thought how much better it was when there are people cheering on the parade. You kind of gain some energy from the spectators. They play a really important role!
So, I thought about my metamorphosis from porch sitter to parade walker: Maybe there is a place and time for everything. Maybe God calls each of us, in our own time to be porch sitters or parade walkers. Maybe there is a great timing that we can’t even begin to understand; that God has something amazing in store for each of us when we finally make a move to spectate or march.
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit;and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.1 Corinthians 12:4-11
But, whether you are a spectator or a marcher, you have an incredibly important role in God’s coming kingdom. The marchers are out there standing up for what is important to them, they are doing what is a passion in their heart, they are getting swept up in the moment. And, they are being encouraged by the spectators. The people who are sitting on their porches or on the side of the road saying, “Thanks for doing this… it means a lot to us.”
We are, as the Body of Christ, connected. No one is more important than another, but there are times when some of us shine. The big part of being in this community of the baptized is learning when it is your time to step up and shine, and when it is your turn to step back and encourage others.