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Today’s devotion is based on 1 Corinthians 7.

Bestowing Gifts

“Each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that.”
(1 Corinthians 7:7, NIV)

My daughter went to a friend’s birthday party and played a game I hadn’t ever seen before. It’s called Pass the Parcel. Apparently this game is quite common at birthday parties in Great Britain.

Pass the Parcel is akin to our Musical Chairs. The kids sit in a giant circle and pass the parcel while the music plays. When the music stops, the child holding the parcel will peel away one layer of wrapping paper. A small hard candy will fall onto the child’s lap as another layer of wrapping paper is revealed. That child then sits out for the remainder of the game, but she gets to enjoy her candy.

Like Musical Chairs, the game eventually winds down to two individuals. They pass the parcel — back and forth — until the music stops one final time. The child holding the parcel when the music stops will unwrap the last layer of wrapping paper to reveal the gift inside. And there’s another piece of hard candy for the other kid too.

It’s a game where everyone gets something.

In today’s passage of Scripture, Paul makes it clear that everyone receives a gift from the Father. For He loves to bestow gifts to His children. Not all gifts are the same. But everyone has a distinct gift.

Unlike Pass the Parcel, each gift isn’t a small trifle; rather, each gift is a uniquely tailored gift just for that person. And our calling will match our gifting.

We’re all called to bring glory to God by loving Him and loving others. Yet, how we love God and love others will differ depending on our gifting.

So if we’re still trying to figure out “our calling,” then a good place to start is by asking, “What gift has God given me?”

Denise J. Hughes

A lover of words and the Word. Author of #DeeperWaters and the #WordWriters Bible studies.

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