Encouragement for Rejecting Comparison and Embracing Your God-Given Purpose
“When the eye begins to see, the eye has a tendency to say, “Hand, why don’t you see what I see? You’re not spiritual.” Then the hand says, “I can’t see because I’m a hand.” The eye has forgotten that the body is not one part but many (see 1 Cor. 12:14). The Spirit of God manifests Himself to every person. Why? For the common good. When the eye sees, it is not for the eye alone. His sight is for the body. Sight is not for the eye’s sake so he can say, “I thank God I have the gift of seeing. I wish all the rest of you did too.” Sight is for the body’s sake. All of the other members depend on the eye to tell them what it sees … [but] the eye will seldom get the whole picture of what God has for a church. The body needs everyone to express what he or she senses. When the church puts together what each member senses, the body comes to know God’s will.” (Experiencing God, Blackaby & King, Unit 10, Day 4)
I love this beautiful reminder of God’s design for the church. That we’re all chosen, all needed, all have a God-given purpose. Wherever we’re at in our walks with God, it’s always a good time to surrender all and ask him to take us deeper. If he’s made us hands, let’s be hands! If he’s made us ears, let’s be ears! Whatever role God has assigned for us, let’s embrace it and learn to do it well. Bye bye selfishness, jealousy, fear, etc. - you have no place here!
May we always support one another in this journey of living life for God. Some seasons we lead, some seasons we rest, some seasons we might struggle - through it all, may we be led by God’s Holy Spirit and seek his will everyday. What a privilege it is to know God and know each other, to serve God and serve each other.
There was a day last year where I was leaving brunch with friends and someone said she’d almost cancelled but felt God say she should come and spend time with us. And, also because we had such a powerful God-led conversation at brunch, I was filled with SO much joy knowing that God knew we were together and encouraging each others’ faith. Similarly, God knows we’re serving him together on here, right? I pray we can do this better and better.
Wherever we’re at in our walks with God, it’s always a good time to surrender all and ask him to take us deeper. If he’s made us hands, let’s be hands! If he’s made us ears, let’s be ears! Whatever role God has assigned for us, let’s embrace it and learn to do it well (selfishness, jealousy, etc. - go away!) Let’s enjoy working, learning, loving, worshiping, serving together for the glory of our Lord.