What good is a rubber tree? - Daily Bread


There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. – 1 Corinthians 12:4-5

On one of his voyages to the New World, Christopher Columbus came across a remarkable tree. It had round fruit that bounced like a ball. Its Indian name was caoutchouc – "the weeping wood."

The tree was given that name because it emitted a sap that looked like the tree’s tears. Eventually, inventors discovered that the sap could be harvested and allowed to harden into an eraser that rubbed out pencil lead – hence the name "rubber."

In the 1830s it was found that rubber could withstand very cold temperature when sulfur was removed from it. This led the way to a huge demand for rubber when the automobile was invented. Later it was discovered that the sap could be used to make latex surgical gloves. The rubber tree had multiple uses that needed only to be discovered.

Likewise, when we consider the spiritual gifts taught in the Bible, we may find that we have more than one. If we try out new avenues of ministry, we may find that we have abilities previously unknown to us.

Whatever your spiritual gifts may be, they come to you from the Lord (1 Corinthians 12:4-6). What new ministry should you try out? You may discover a spiritual gift you never knew you had. – Dennis Fisher

Lord, please give me the willingness to explore the spiritual gifts You have planted within me.

Give me the desire to use them in ways that would please You and help Your people. Amen.

READ: 1 Corinthians 12:4-11

Discover your spiritual gifts by using the talents God has given.