For the Common Good

For the Common Good

Thursday, June 4

As we focus on the distribution of spiritual gifts, we should ask a question of purpose, “To what end do we receive these gifts?” According to verse 7, our spiritual gifts, our acts of service, and our work are all for the common good.

At its core, common good is foundational to Christian ethics; it’s about loving our neighbors as ourselves. It’s about being aware that every decision and choice we make affects another and this knowledge should direct every step we take.

As Christians, we are called to live our lives in a way that shares the love of God with others and reveals God’s glory to the world. Our choices and decisions reflect our commitment to live as faithful disciples.

Heavenly Father, help us to daily seek your Spirit to guide our decisions so that each choice we make is for the common good of all people. AMEN.

About the Author

An ordained Covenant minister and spiritual director, Tammy J. Roach currently serves as the adult ministries pastor at Alleluia! Lutheran Church in Naperville, Illinois. She is co-founder (with her husband) and executive director/program manager of Cornerstone Retreat Center, which ministers to first responders and their families. She lives in Plainfield, Illinois.

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