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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 27, 2020

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WEDNESDAY, May 27

Ephesians 4:11-12 The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.

The staff of Forward Movement has spent the past year exploring our various gifts. Guided by an assessment tool called StrengthsFinder, we have learned about our individual strengths as well as those of our colleagues and how these interplay with one another.

The experience reflects the sentiment of this wonderful passage of scripture: We all have gifts—not the same ones, of course—but each one of us has talents and skills to contribute to our ministry at Forward Movement and more broadly to building up the body of Christ.

In this letter to the Ephesians, Paul doesn’t rank the gifts, scaling them by importance or difficulty. And neither should we. God blesses each of us with the gifts we need to go out into the world; may we be brave enough to embrace our own giftedness and celebrate those of others.

MOVING FORWARD: What gifts has God bestowed upon you? How are you using them to God’s glory?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Lichfield (England) and Southwest Virginia

Ps 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30 * 119:121-144 | Isaiah 4:2-6 | Ephesians 4:1-16 | Matthew 8:28-34

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