Once again, I am moved by a Casting Crowns song. The one I am sharing with you today is called City on the Hill and is from their new "Come to the Well" Album. I encourage you to take the time to listen, if you haven't heard it.
I was really touched by this song. It made me think about how we are all made to be different for a reason. God's purpose is for us to compliment each other, but instead we tend to want to surround ourselves with people who are like us. Being a history nerd, I think about the original Christian church, which developed into the Catholic Church and then was split and now all of the many denominations of Christians that exist. We all believe basically the same thing: Jesus was God's son and He died to pay the debt for our sins. But nowadays, you can choose from thousands of different churches to worship in.
"They let their differences divide...."
Not only our churches, but in our own families. We all have our strengths and differences, but so many times families are split "with their made up minds to leave it all behind....."
Mark Hall, lead singer of Casting Crowns, says the song is about people coming together and using their gifts for the greater good.
Do you know what your spiritual gift is? I believe that everyone has a specific gift from God - a skill that you possess that not only makes you a better Christian, but can help make Christians of the people around you. If you have never taken a Spiritual Gift Inventory, I would highly recommend it. Here is a link to a good one. It takes some time to sit down and do it, but this link will tally the results and explain each gift, and give Biblical references as well.
My spiritual gifts are: Hospitality, Helps and Healing. The Three H's!
What are yours?