I love watching “How It’s Made” on Discovery Channel. Learning how things work is interesting. Every part has it’s place. Without a given part, proper function cannot be achieved.
The church is the same. Each and every one of us who call ourselves followers of Jesus has been given a gift. Some of us have multiple gifts. Each of us are called to use our gift to build up the church and be a light on the hill, pointing people to Jesus.
Regretfully, some of us are content with sitting on the sideline, allowing other followers to do the work of making disciples and serving those around us. Paul tells us in Romans 12, “Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all BELONG to EACH OTHER.”
Paul continues this idea in 1 Corinthians 12 when he says, “a spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.” Did you hear that? Each of us should be serving one another in love. Each of us should be in the game. Each of us need one another. If you are simply showing up on Sunday morning and not involved in using your gifts in ministry then you aren’t fulfilling your calling through Christ.
If each of us buy in to the life Jesus has called us, then we have purpose and help those around us. So, what do you believe your gifts are? How do you think you can be involved in the story of God? Write down three things at which you believe you are good. Then, ask three close friends in your life to tell you what you are good at as well (only one of those three can be a family member). Compare your list. My guess is a least one of the things on all those lists will bubble to the top. Dig in and help tell the story of Jesus. Today is tomorrow. You can do it.