“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4 ESV)

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Fill in the Gap

by Macy Johnson

“And He has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill,
ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts.”
(Exodus 35:31 NIV)

God gave us skills to fill in gaps, to do needed work at the right time in the right place.

Aaron, high priest and Moses’ brother, stood in the gap to stop the impending annihilation of God’s rebellious children in the desert.

“He stood between the living and the dead, and the plague stopped.”
(Numbers 16:48 NIV)

Larry Burkett wrote, “Every believer must decide either to be used by God or bypassed and another chosen instead.”

I look for opportunities to serve in God’s kingdom. I can write a note of encouragement, but I’m not a good cook or baker. I can cross-stitch a Bible verse, but have never picked up a pair of knitting needles. My friend sewed masks for hospitals during the Coronavirus pandemic. My husband assists homeowners with gardening needs. Grandparents are the ultimate gap-fillers. The Lord has gifted each of us differently. We need each other in order to serve effectively as the body of Christ.

“If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?”
(1 Corinthians 12:17 NIV)

I attended a class at church to identify my spiritual gift. I discovered we have been given an amazing mixture of abilities. God gave each of us various gifts that are conducive to our personalities and nature, that seem to flow easily from within us.

Joyce Meyer wrote, “Put a smile on someone else’s face and your own joy will increase.” I am honored to help when asked to fill in the gap.

I will serve so people are free to use their gifts to help others even more. I hope you will, too!

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