Useful DifferencesTrent was teaching his friend D.J. how to play golf. Standing on the practice range, he pulled a large club out of his bag. “This is the driver,” he told D.J. “It hits the ball the farthest.” Teeing up a ball, Trent hit it past the 150-yard target. Then he pulled out a smaller club. “This is a seven iron. It hits the ball higher but not as far.” Again he demonstrated. This time the ball flew higher, landing near the 100-yard marker. Trent pulled out two more clubs. “This one’s a sand wedge. It’s for hitting the ball out of sand traps. And this is the putter. It knocks the ball in the hole.”

D.J. pointed at another item in Trent’s bag. “What does that club do?” Laughing, Trent said, “That’s not a club. It’s for getting your ball back after you hit it in the water!”

Different golf clubs do different things. Yet a golfer uses them all to play golf. Likewise, people with different spiritual gifts serve God differently, but God uses them all to build his kingdom. Don’t compare yourself with others, in terms of what gifts you have or how you can serve God. Just be joyful in doing what God created you to do!

Bible Verse: We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. – Romans 12:6

Words to Treasure: There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. – 1 Corinthians 12:4-5

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