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“Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed on you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the presbytery.  Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all” (1 Timothy 4:14-15).

What is it that the Lord has given you?  How has He equipped you to work in the body of Christ?  Where is the role He has given you to be lived out?  These are things we fit into naturally (or so we think), but the Lord was at work before the foundation of the world.  You already have what the Lord intends to be used in His kingdom and it needs to be unleashed.  You are you and not someone else.  Be whom the Lord is making you to be.

Lord, in this competitive world, I think I need to be like someone else, or else think that I do not have the right stuff.  Lead me to see that I have all that I need.  You have created me to be the unique person in the Body of Christ that I am becoming.  Guide me to continue along the path You have set and to ignore any constant temptations around me to do otherwise.

Lord Jesus, in You there is hope and a future.  You have come to set us free from sin and death in order to be lifted up with You and into You.  Continue to make clear the steps I need to take as You guide me along the path of salvation.  Lead me and help me through all the obstacles that will come my way this day, I pray.  I need the abundance of grace that You have given me to accomplish what You are doing in and through me.  Amen.