Maturity is responsibility.
If no one will say, “I’m good at X” – who will teach? Who will bring the skills up past the basic, on any level? Must we all be eternal apprentices?
If no one will say, “I’m mature” – who will refrain from throwing a temper tantrum? Who will guide? Who will serve as an example?
When I say, “I’m a good seamstress” – I’m not saying I have nothing to learn. But I am saying that I’m taking my craft seriously. That means that I’m not free to be sloppy in my work. Is that just in my own head? Yes. Yes it is. So what? The results of what goes on in my head are shown outwardly.
When I accept that I have something to offer, I can start saying, “Thank you” when someone compliments me and getting on with things, instead of spending five minutes blushing and shuffling my feet. Which one of those things focuses more of the attention my way?
When I say, “i don’t know enough” or “I’m not good enough” – sometimes that stops me from doing work that needs to be done. And there are no other hands. Or the “expert hands” are overwhelmed with work because no one will step up.
There is so much work to be done – in the church, in the world at large. We – each one of us – influence many others. But if we stay in the back forever, we can’t do that. We put bushels on our own lamps. We choose not to say the good word, because maybe we might get it wrong. We choose not to do the good act, because maybe we might mess it up. We forget that God made us, God put us where we are, God gave us the experiences and skills that we’ve gotten, and that God will work through us – all glory to God.
If everyone feels too useless to serve, how can anything get done?