Jun 12, 2022
446 We Have Different Gifts, According to the Grace Given to Each of Us, A Guided Christian Meditation on Romans 12:4-8 with the Recenter With Christ app
I'm Chaplain Jared and I work as a hospice chaplain and an ICU chaplain. My purpose in making this podcast is to help you find more peace in your life and to be more open for your heart to be changed by the Spirit of God. By using centuries old form of Christian Meditation named Lectio Divina:
Outline: Relaxation, Reading, Meditation, Prayer, Contemplation and Visualization.
Get into a place where you can sit comfortably and uninterrupted
for about 20 minutes.You should hopefully not be driving or
anything tensing or unrelaxing. If you feel comfortable to do
so, I invite you to close your eyes.
Guided Relaxation / Guided Meditation:
Breathe and direct your thoughts to connecting with God. Let your stomach be a balloon inflate, deflate.
Bible verses for Meditation:
4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts,according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
4 For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, 5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. 6 We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; 7 ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; 8 the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.
In Christ we are to be united. This is not to say we all must be exactly the same, or that all aspects of people must be forced to be the same. That is clearly not the case even in this scripture. God, through His grace, has given different gifts. What are your gifts? What things does God’s grace bring up in you? What gifts do you find yourself rejoicing for in others? Do you ever struggle to rejoice in the gifts of other people? Do you ever struggle to see the gifts of others?
As I interact with different groups, I have seen vast differences in capabilities. I have some friends in ministry and they tend more towards compassion, I have other friends who are more intense in law enforcement and they have a different focus and set of gifts. I have other friends in science and engineering. Many different gifts can come together for the Glory of God.
This includes many cultures as well. There is no one nation that represents God’s culture. Yet with all the divisions that we make for ourselves, we can all be united in Jesus. We can all be united in the Love of God. We can be united in the way in which we attempt to live the example of Jesus.
Meditation of Prayer:
Pray as directed by the Spirit.
Dedicate these moments to the patient waiting, when you feel ready ask God for understanding you desire from Him.
Meditation of God and His Glory / Hesychasm:
I invite you to sit in silence feeling patient for your own faults and trials.
Summarize what insights you have gained during this meditation and meditate and visualize positive change in your life:
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This week I performed a funeral for a family from Africa. The amount of family that was physically present was not that large but there were many friends who were just as close as family in some ways and their presence and comfort was amazing.
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