“All of you together are Christ’s body and each of you is a part of it.” 1 Corinthians 12:27
There is a will that God has for each one of us. Am I to be a pastor, a missionary in a foreign land, a teacher or gifted to heal? It is a daunting task trying to figure it out. There is a possibility that it may not be something that sounds that special.
There are a lot of parts that make up the body of Christ. Every part is important. One cannot function well without the other.
I assumed being used by God meant one had to be a pastor, evangelist or missionary. And we all know what happens when we assume? I learned my lesson one Sunday after service.
Our old church started in a school auditorium. Every Sunday there was a team of people who set up and tore down the church. After every service, my husband stacked all of the chairs to be put into storage. Even when the church bought a building, the chairs needed to be moved sometimes. My husband continued to help.
One Sunday, as usual, my husband was stacking the chairs after service. My friend’s mother said, “your husband warms my heart. I have noticed over the years that he always has cleaned up the chairs after service. What an amazing ministry!”
“Ministry?” Then it dawned on me. My husband voluntarily did this for 9 years! I never realized how important this job was for the church and how it was a ministry. My friend’s mom opened my eyes. As long as you are serving the Lord, there is a will and a purpose in life.
God Bless people who volunteer in children’s ministry, hospitality (we love coffee and donuts, right?) and greet us when we walk into church. Whether God calls you to be a pastor or clean up after the service, it is all to serve Him. Our motives must be examined when we choose to serve God. We must do it for His glory not our own.
Lesson Learned: God’s perspective differs from the world. Serving Him and others in any capacity is valuable.
“Dear Heavenly Father, enrich my talents and show me where you want me to serve. Forgive me for believing the lie that it has to be a big job to follow your will. Let my standard be from you not my own. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!”