Paul has high hopes for people in their ministries and challenges each of us to examine how we do ministry so that we work together for the common good, yet each having his/her own portfolio.
In the competitive world we live in, we end up being more stressed by deadlines, a fast pace and no downtime. In this kind of environment it is difficult to be gentle and patient. It is a challenge to bear with one another in love when seeking a promotion in a cutthroat industry.
How many of us have experienced disillusionment in our homes, congregations, workplaces, where conflict has overshadowed the spirit of peace? Do we take the time to discern the gifts we have been given, so that whatever vocation we choose, it is one to which we are called and not one that we settle for or are talked into, whether as volunteer or salaried employee? Let God’s loving Spirit guide our discernment so that we might lead a life worthy of our calling.
Lord, send your Spirit among us so that as we discern our gifts we may live together in the bond of peace. Amen. — RC