Mt Wellington Community Church


Have you been appreciating Russell's sermons on motivational gifts? Like me have you found some of your rankings rather surprising - at least until you sat down and thought about them? Did you find your rankings between different categories were relatively closely grouped or, like mine, all over the place?

Glancing at the sheets afterwards (where people had entered their first second and seventh gifts) it struck me that we had a wide distribution of motivational gifts within our congregation.

Russell quoted I Cor. v15-17:-

If the foot says, 'I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand' that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, 'I am not part of the body because I am not an eye', would that make it any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?

It does not help any of us to be one eyed. We need to appreciate others' strengths rather than getting frustrated that they can't do XYZ (or even notice that XYZ needs doing). It is highly likely that we all have our "areas of XYZs" that we don't even see, let alone be motivated by.

God puts us in families, both biological and church. They say that you can choose your friends but not your family. To a great extent, that is also true of your church family.

I recall hearing that some lady once said to Billy Graham, "I would join a church if I could find the perfect one". He replied, "Well if I find the perfect one, I will let you know. But once you've had joined it, it won't be perfect anymore".