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The Thriving Church

Text:
Romans 12:3-8

Memory Verse:
“For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is
among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to
think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith” (Romans 12:3).

To thrive is to grow vigorously and flourish . It is to be successful or make steady progress. The ability of anything to thrive is enhanced by surrounding conditions. For a plant to thrive, for instance, a lot depends on the soil and the nutrients in it. Some nations thrive on tourism and
their mineral resources. What then is the catalyst for the growth of the church? It is the contribution of those in it, your contribution and that of others. The church grows when all in
membership pull together, contributing their expertise in various areas. Everyone has something to give and must not only give gladly, but must be given a chance to do so. We usually want to be the focal point because we do not have the proper view of ourselves! Whilst God loves you immensely, He does not love you more than any other person. He does not value anyone more
than the other. It is not about you, but about Christ. You must give your best to Christ as He desires more and more from you. He has given you an ability; a gift for the church’s edification. It is God’s grace that has endowed you with it for a purpose; so, be humble (Micah 6:8; Proverbs 11:2). You must exercise your gift, accordingly. This gift could be prophecy (foretelling and forth telling), service, teaching, exhortation, giving, leading, mercy etc.
The Church will thrive better as we expect less but rather give more. In doing this we will be following Jesus’s example (Matthew 20:28).

Prayer Points:
1. Forgive me, Lord, for being proud of Your gifts.
2. Lord, please find me dependable as I contribute my quota to building up Your church.

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