“Indeed the body does not consist of one member but of many.”
I Corinthians 12:14
It is incredibly humbling to watch people who have amazing gifts; carpentry, gardening, speaking, singing, athletics, technology, and chemistry just to name a few. As I see so many with so many gifts I can’t help but think, “where do I fit?” I cannot do what others can do and not sure what I can do would add anything to the mix. Have you ever questioned what you are called to do or what gifts you are able to bring to the church? If the church consisted of those only interested in teaching, how then could we have music in our worship? Or if the church was only interested in those who could go on a mission trip that could only frame a house or repair a roof, how then would we ministry to those who are going through challenging times in their lives? You are important to the life of the church, not only important but critical. Without the gifts you offer to the church, the ongoing ministry of Jesus Christ would surely suffer. St. Paul describes the church as the “Body of Christ,” not a few individuals that do only certain things. God has blessed you in incredible ways and what you bring to the church is critical to the ongoing ministry of Jesus Christ. We are connected to each other with a common purpose to serve Jesus Christ and all those who are in need of God’s grace in their lives. We laugh together, cry together, and rejoice together. Where else can you be a member where you are offered grace no matter who you are or what you have done? Where else can you serve with what you have been blessed with by God rather than be told to go home because you do not fit in or not have abilities that are sought. Amazing thing about God, all are accepted and all are offered a chance to serve with the gifts they possess. Yes, some are teachers, others are not; some are artisans and others have no clue what a carpenter’s square looks like. And know what, that is ok, because you are offered grace to learn and God offers the Holy Spirit to empower you to do things you never in your wildest dreams would have thought you could do. You are needed because you are loved and God wants a relationship with you more than anything else in the world. If you want to know God is with you, you will know God even more fully when you serve the people of God. You are needed because you are loved more than you will ever know. Thank you Jesus!