Thoughts for reflection: When you watch or read the news and the church of today is discussed, does it resemble a community which was gifted by God to work properly together so that we might build ourselves up in love? What would this look like? The author points out in these verses how God has intentionally gifted each of us differently for the sake of the whole. A friend of mine always says, “there are no no-gift people.” How do you believe God has gifted you for the sake of the church, or what talents or abilities do you possess to help what God wants in the world? If you know your giftedness, how will you use it? If you don’t, please talk with me or another trusted companion in the faith who might help you see how god has gifted you.