The “religion” that now shapes our culture is one that caters to Self and material comfort. Paul confronts that in... Romans 12:3–8
Realization #1: It’s not just about you.
Paul is correcting an attitude here. The believers in Rome were more concerned more about their own needs than the needs of others. They were becoming self-centered consumers. Our tendency is to think of ourselves – our preferences and privileges – as more important than others.
The more other-centered you become, the more God will stretch and shape your faith for noble purposes and for His glory. God can assign and measure out more faith to you. Luke 17:52, Corinthians 10:15
Exercise a little faith, and you will find that God stretches it more than you expect.
Realization #2: We are a body (not just a collection of individuals)
You will never fulfill God’s vision for your life without other believers. It requires active, regular, and ongoing participation with a local body of Christ-followers – a church.
Unless you cultivate a vital connection to a local body of believers and walk under its authority, you will be a disembodied believer in the Body. It’s not just about you. Part of your purpose is to encourage and build up the local body of believers. Time and again we see this throughout the New Testament epistles - The importance of building up the church of which you are a part. 1 Corinthians 14:12, Hebrews 10:24–25
Realization #3: You are here for others.
We tend to think of ourselves as free agents who bounce around to the team that offers the best deal.
You are more than that. God has sovereignly gifted and placed you somewhere on his team. You have a place within a local Body of Christ. Paul lists a series of gifts in Romans 12:6-8.
The word for “gift” is in the original language, charisma. Every believer has charisma. Doesn’t necessarily mean you have a magnetic personality. Charisma means essentially, “grace gift” – a spiritual enabling that the Holy Spirit has granted you as a believer in Jesus Christ. You may have only one; or several. But you have at least one (1 Corinthians 12:7). He expects you to use it to build up the church of which you are a part.
If you have a prophetic gift – the ability to address other people and to offer them a word of spiritual insight or direction, you are to use that gift to build up the body. If you have a servant’s heart, then exercise it, regardless of how insignificant you may think a task may be. If you can teach, then teach. If God has enabled you to give at a level higher than the average person, then do that generously instead of hoarding selfishly. If you’re a leader, then lead. Don’t hang back out of a false sense of humility. If you have a tender heart of mercy, show mercy to others in tangible ways. And do it joyfully.
God has placed you here for a reason. You are to use your gift for the building up of the body of Christ because - It’s not just about you; It’s about the Body of Christ.