Let’s imagine, if God decided to make us all the same; How we walk, talk, what we like, and dislike. We would all be in similar homes, driving the same car, and eating the same foods. Some of us would say that life would be simpler and others would say that life would be boring.
Genesis 1:26 (AMP)
God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth.
When we read scripture, He provided different types of fruits, vegetables, and grains to Adam and Eve. This can also be seen in the array of animals that were created. Is He not a God of creativity and abundance?
We may not like certain people because the way they talk, how they walk, or how they look. But that’s God’s variety in human form. Instead of shying away from people who we would consider indifferent, we need to embrace them because they are God’s creation.
We see in the next scripture the various spiritual gifts he’s given us.
1 Corinthians 12:4-11(AMP)
4Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 7To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.
Where ever we look, we’ll see that there are multiple supporting functions working together to achieve an objective. The CEO makes all the critical decisions for the company. But he needs a secretary to handle the daily tasks, Human Resources to handle employee benefits, Facilities to handle the maintenance of the building, and the various departments to run their part of the business.
And so it is with us in every aspect in life; whether it’s at home, school, work, church or play, we all have our individual functions to perform. Do you ever wonder why we are stressed, over-worked, exhausted, and drained from life? Are we doing what the Lord tells us to do and leave the rest to other parties? Or do we try to handle all of the business? We have to allow others to make their mistakes and be responsible for their part. How does someone grow spiritually if we don’t allow them to step into their gifts? We may fall a few times, but that’s what life is all about; learning from the failures, and continue until it’s perfected.
1 Corinthians 12:14-20 (ESV)
14For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.
We can’t function on our own. As we start to serve Him, and the more we use our gifts, it becomes stronger. The next process you’ll notice is that the Lord will align you with individuals to work together to complete the vision set before you. The Lord never intended for us to serve Him alone. There will always be people to help along the way.
We have to accept those who are willing to serve in whatever capacity they are called. Identifying the key strengths to serve is beneficial to any body of Christ to function appropriately.
Before Jesus started His ministry, God sent someone to pave the way for Him. John the Baptist had the privilege and honor to preach the Gospel and prepare the hearts for Jesus.
What are our gifts and how are we using them to pave the way for others? Whether it is to prepare food, clean, or prepare the sanctuary for service, do it with pride and satisfaction because it makes all the difference for yourself and those who are watching you. If God saw it necessary to have John do his part, He sees it necessary for us to do our part as well. Do it with honor and compassion.
Matthew 11:11 (AMP)
Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.