This is part two of the series, Sunday Is Coming.
Why should you bother climbing out of bed and going to church? Here’s why…
To Give Your Gifts Away
God has given you a unique set of spiritual gifts, and these gifts aren’t primarily for your own enjoyment! In Romans 12:6, Paul says:
Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them…
Your spiritual gifts are not to be hoarded or let lie dormant. You’re to use them, to put them into action, to give them away. God has given you a unique personality and a unique set of gifts, and these are to be poured into other people, so that they may be built up.
In 1 Corinthians 12:7 we read about spiritual gifts:
To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
God wants to do good to his people and his church through the gifts he’s given you. Don’t hold them back. Don’t let them atrophy by not using them. Spend your gifts on the church.
To Benefit From the Gifts of Others
The wonderful truth is, no Christian is a one man show. God has made us to need other Christians. He has deliberately withheld spiritual gifts from us and given them to others, to build us into and make us dependent on others. Using the illustration of the body, Paul says:
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”
Each of us is only a part of the body of Christ. And just as an eye can’t survive apart from the rest of the body, you can’t survive spiritually apart from the spiritual gifts of others. You need the brother who excels in encouragement, and the sister who is full of mercy toward others.
Apart from the spiritual gifts of others, you simply won’t thrive in your spiritual life.
Go to church to give yourself away, and go to church to receive the gifts of others.