In my recent travels I have had the opportunity to observe many things as you always do when you travel. While driving I saw and was passed by many semi-trucks. I saw many other vehicles on the road not just automobiles but dump trucks and delivery trucks as well as police cars and even a few ambulance/rescue vehicles. Not only that but I have seen people working and serving in so many other capacities as well. Sometimes they were those serving in a restaurant but there are also the cooks whether it is fast food or nice dining. There are so many personnel needed to run a hotel. There are those who work at gas stations and clerks of all kinds and those in the food industry, etc. We can immediately think of hundreds of occupations that are in our country from plumbers to businessmen to postal workers to those who work in a grocery store, to those in the airline industry and on and on it goes.
The reason I was thinking of all these things is because it struck me as to how different people enter their professions. Why do certain people do what they do? Why is one person a plumber and another in the military? Is it always their skill set? Is it because they are limited by the location they are in and cannot get another job? Is it because it is a family business that is passed on from one generation to another? Who can even answer the question of why people choose or end up in their career? There is no answer to that question.
But I want you to consider something with me. All of those and so many other professions are needed. We need plumbers and doctors and manufacturers and clerks and cooks in restaurants and mechanics. I am sure that if you think about it you will be glad for those who do their occupations. We might not need them every day but how would we function without them? And it is not necessarily their pay that is equal to what they do that is so important. Many civil servants do not receive a large salary but we are sure thankful when the 911 call goes through and the police arrive or the paramedics or the fire fighters.
All of this has me thinking and reminded of how God has gifted every believer and the role and necessity of everyone to the body of Christ both universally and in the local church. One passage to consider is I Cor. 12:1-31. As a believer you have a spiritual gift that is part of your stewardship for which you are accountable. And you are necessary for this local church to function properly.
We are gifted differently. We do not all have the same gift. Every gift is important and critical in our church. All the gifts are needed. And everyone of us need to use our gift to the greatest capacity that God gives us to serve Him in and through the local church.
As you consider what your spiritual gift is you should ask yourself some questions:
Our church is dependent on believers who will know and use their spiritual gift constantly. You are necessary to the future of our church!
So instead of only recognizing the jobs of those around us, take some time and consider the job God has for you to do. You are here for a purpose. God has graced you with a spiritual gift. You must now use your spiritual gift regularly in our local church. There is a job for you to do in our church. Let’s work together with all our spiritual gifts functioning at their greatest capacity and see all that God will do.
That begins on Sunday where we have the opportunity to corporately worship our great God and our Savior, Jesus Christ. We will worship the one Who knows everything. At church, we encourage and strengthen one another. We bow before God and adore Him. We become more firm in our commitment to Him.
Dr. Wynne Kimbrough is the editor of this resource.
Some of the articles are written by him while others are found and shared with permission from the original authors. Some of of these authors wish to remain anonymous.