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God’s Arithmetic

As a summer school principal I get to visit every classroom. Dropping in on first grade this week, I met a student who had just finished a puzzle.

I asked the young boy, “Why is the number 7 in the middle?” Without hesitation he said, “It’s because all of them (the addition problems) add up to 7. “Oh, I see!” I said. “There are different ways to make 7.” “Yes, Mr. Duncan. You didn’t know that?”😊

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.

1 Corinthians 12:4-5 (NIV)

This sounds simple enough. Yet some folks at the church in Corinth apparently thought their spiritual addition —gifts and service—was more important than others. But Paul admonished them: “Guys, the sum of your service to God points to the same answer: Jesus Christ. Furthermore, these are His gifts, not yours.” (David’s paraphrase)🤠

All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, who gives them to each one, just as He determines

1 Corinthians 12:11 (NIV)

Kind reader, whatever your spiritual gifts, please remember they are important to the Body of Christ (the church). Everyone matters if anyone matters at all. So keep serving God your way, with all your strength, and I will too.

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.

1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️ prayers and love.

By davidsdailydose

I'm just a regular guy who was
tempted to lose all hope but did not. It was God who made the difference.

41 replies on “God’s Arithmetic”

Thank you, brother. I also have my doubts, at times, about the value of my spiritual gifts. God made me a helper and encourager, like Barnabas in the Bible, but sometimes I long to be like Paul or Peter—a fearless out front leader.
I am always grateful for your input. Blessings!


What a lovely uplifting post David, thank you! Like most folk I have moments of doubt in my gifts, and in their value. Praise God He always has a reason in what He does with us, Hallelujah! We are all part of that confusing jigsaw. God bless you today brother.

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Yes, children are not hampered by the adult “filters” we must endure.
I appreciate your comment about my post being spot on, Andy B. I really make an effort to write the best content I can every week, and to do so without wasting words. God Bless the Berry Bunch.


Thank you, Manette Kay. My earthly father had a favorite saying, “It’s six one way and half a dozen the other.” Our service in God’s kingdom is similar. There are many ways to serve. May Jehovah Jirah (our provider) be with you, as well.

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A good reminder David. Sometimes we can think what we are doing does not make much of a difference. We are all needed, more than skill, our faithfulness and obedience is what God would want.

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Thank you, Bridget. You are often the first to comment on my posts, and you always add valuable thoughts to the discussion. There are many ways to serve our Lord and Savior, so we do well not to compare ourselves to others. God Bless!

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Summer school principal sounds fun and rewarding! Thank you for the reminder too. I think our gifts can be stumbling blocks for different reasons. Sometimes we might take pride in them, forgetting they come from the Lord, not us. And sometimes we might think we are less than others. So thank you for this reminder that we are all needed in the body of Christ. Have a blessed weekend!

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