Matthew 6:11 – Give us this day our daily bread.
Father’s desire is for the “whole body” to be “fitly joined together.” That can only happen when every member of the body of Christ has at least come to a place of willing acceptance that each member of the body of Christ has a specific, or peculiar, role to play in His Kingdom. Jesus called the bread He broke with His disciples in the last supper “My body broken for you.” As long as we go about in our Christian experience, failing to recognize other members of the body of Christ, and further failing to discern by Holy Spirit the place they are fill in Father’s scheme of things, we will not come to the unity He desires.
I’ve addressed this before, but I need to come to once again. In each member of the body of Christ are talents, anointings, and giftings placed there by the Godhead. When those elements are blended with the motive gifts Father has assigned, and the personalities of those people in whom those assignments have been given, we are dealing with truly wondrous blend of blessed possibilities. I am convinced that one of the things that is holding the body of Christ back is our failure to lean hard on Holy Ghost to reveal the supernatural blends to us so we can each be freed to play the divine role we are given.
One of the greatest tools at our disposal for such a work is given us in the way we honor, not only the talents, gifts, and anointings in ourselves, but in other members of the body of Christ, including the younger vessels. The Scriptures tell us to “train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. We are all aware of younger people, especially young Christians who showed great promise in the early days of their Christian walk, only to turn from them as they grew up. Is it possible that they might have remained faithful to the Lord and been a marvelous asset to the Church if their talent, anointing, and gift had been properly discerned and encouraged so that it could be more fully developed for its service to the body of Christ?
I have also said that it is only when one of God’s giftings is properly honored that we can receive fully from that gift. By preventing a gift from coming forth, regardless of the reason, we set people up for failure and disappointment. It should be the heartbeat of every believer, especially those who have already become strongly developed in their Christian walk and service, that they provoke other believers to good works, and to ultimately surpass their leaders in their service to the body. To do this, the believer must not only be a partaker of “daily bread,” but a minister of it as well. Serve others by striving to see that those you encounter receive from you some element of “daily bread.”
Manna for Today – Luke 11:1-13; Matthew 4:4; Matthew 15:26; Mark 7:27; Ecclesiastes 11:1-6; Proverbs 4:20-23; John 6:63: Matthew 6:9-13; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34; Ephesians 4:10-16