I’ve often mused about how faith is like a bicycle race. This week, to mark the star of the Tour de France, our notes pick up this theme…

1 Corinthians 12:7-11 (NIV)
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. [8] To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, [9] to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, [10] to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. [11] All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

It may seen as if in a cycle race it’s every man for himself, but that couldn’t be further from the truth, it’s very much a team sport where every member has a part to play in getting their leader onto the winner’s podium, with sprinters, climbers, all-rounders and of course the team leaders. So it is with the church, Good has given us all different skills and characters, all of which are needed for the church to thrive and succeed.

Lord, thank you for our team, the church. Show me what you’ve given me to bring to it. How may I play my part for you?