Reading: I Corinthians 12: 3b-13 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: At first glance, our text for today makes one think, "Ah, yes. We all have different gifts and we should do what we have the gift to do." Heard it many times in sermons, discussed it in Bible Studies and prayed it in those moments of, "Lord, what gift do I have and what am I supposed to do in your service?"
So, I read the passage again to try to come up with something different and this is what struck me: the word activates.
There are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them. (v. 6)
That word has taken on a new sort of meaning in the last 10 years or so. Think about things that are activated now: cell phones, credit cards, bank accounts. Activated means they can now be used. They can now do what they are supposed to do. Without being activated, they just won't work.
Have you been activated? What activity has God activated you to do? --Ruth Gates