At prayer meeting last night and one of the other ladies and I just went OFF on how beautiful the body of Christ is, especially when we’re all operating as we ought. (We were talking about the spiritual gifts).
Thing is that we are a body. We’re supposed to use the gifts that we’ve been given, thoroughly and in total submission to Christ. We aren’t supposed to sigh heavily and envy someone else’s giftings, which is what a lot of us do. Sure. Pursue (in prayer) all the gifts. But you still have a job to do. What is it? Do that.
My job is counsel. People have been coming to me to tell me horrible things since I was just out of high school. I didn’t ask for that job, people just started talking to me. My gifts are necessary to do my job. And the spiritual part of my gifts have grown over the years, as I’ve sought God.
Yes, I’ve been able to feel God’s presence since … always. What that means is that sometimes when I’m counseling, I’ll think up something clever, and God will stuff a sock in my mouth and I don’t get to say my clever thought. Or He’ll press me to say something I would really rather not say. His felt presence is necessary to my work for Him.
Confession: I’ve always wanted evangelism. Always felt less because I couldn’t “seal the deal” no matter how hard I tried. (I do evangelize, I don’t have the gift). I grew up Baptist – if you’re a good Baptist, you make conversions! And I didn’t. I don’t. My family is full of gifted evangelists. I’m not one of them.
I think some of what feeds this envy is that we each see the need, right where we are. I see the need for more folks to go out and love people. (Oy. Awkward things to ask for – the gift of love. Now I can’t NOT love most people I spend any time with). I see heart after heart in need of a friend to stand alongside them, pull them out of their shell a bit, and love on them. I can’t do as much as I’d like.
And the evangelists go nuts seeing people not be told the gospel. The helpers see the mess. The healers see the sick. The teachers see the ignorant. We all pull at each other, begging for help! And that doesn’t help the envy problem. Now I don’t just see my lack, I see the problem *and* my lack. Ugh.
But we’re not called to win the battle, we’re called to fight. We’re not called to fix the problem, we’re called to get up and do our bit.
Did you get up today, did you do your bit? Was that your bit to do? Then stop worrying about what’s on someone else’s plate. If you’re supposed to dig ditches, you get issued a shovel, and if you’re supposed to pound nails, you get issued a hammer. That’s how this works. We’re a body, we work together for Him.