Day 4 Read: Romans 12:6-8
Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
Reflect: Which of the spiritual gifts does Paul identify in this passage? Why do you think these were included in this letter in this context?
Consider: Different gifts should be understood distributively rather than collectively, that is to say, each person has a different gift, as is indicated clearly in the rest of this paragraph. Accordingly, one must translate in some languages: “so each one of us should use our own gift in accordance with the way in which God has given it to us” or “each one of us should use the particular gift that God has given to each one.”4
Respond: What are your spiritual gifts? Which one of the spiritual gifts listed most makes you want to “just do something” and serve? How can a believer know whether he or she is truly serving through his or her giftedness? How do you see these gifts being used at our church? How are you using YOUR gifts within our church body?
4 Barclay Moon Newman and Eugene Albert Nida, A Handbook on Paul’s Letter to the Romans, UBS Handbook Series (New York: United Bible Societies, 1973), 237.