Fidgeting a bit in my seat, I listened to another sermon on serving, highlighting someone launching a new ministry. I had been prayerful about volunteering and what the Lord would have me do but wasn’t feeling led to be in a leadership position of any kind. So, in the meantime, I went where He quietly opened doors.
The Lord led me to minister to individuals who were lonely, sick, or in need of encouragement. He led me to people who needed their eyes turned back to Jesus. He led me to families going through crisis. As I kept ministering through meals, hospitality, hugs, and prayer I still felt I wasn’t part of a “ministry”. The next ministry-highlight sermon found me fidgeting in my seat again, feeling totally inadequate and wondering what God had made me especially suited to do in “ministry”.
Stumbling upon a personality test, I decided to complete it. In ten minutes I had my results and it finally dawned on me! God had made me to do ministry, but he made me to do it with individuals and small groups, not huge formal ministry! He gave me the gifts of encouragement, teaching, insight and discernment. I now understood that I fit the ministry God made me to do! It reminded me of when God created the world and said that it was good; it fit His purpose and plan. He also impressed on me not to compare myself or my calling to that of other people.
We were made to fit God’s purpose and plan, not to devise our own. The highest calling we have is to serve Him in the capacity He calls us to and created us to be. He makes us incomparable! We all have similar gifts and talents generally speaking, but it is God who knows exactly where they fit with the personality He gave us and the needs others have. The beauty of it is that we are each part of the Body of Christ and, like unique cells designed for different functions, it takes every part for the body to be healthy and whole. It requires the Spirit to breathe life into it.
“Now there are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit gives them. Also, there are different ways of serving, but it is the same Lord being served. And there are different modes of working, but it is the same God working them all in everyone. Moreover, to each person is given the particular manifestation of the Spirit that will be for the common good.”
I Corinthians 12:4-7
Think About: Do you believe He made you to fit into the Body of Christ? What spiritual and natural gifts do you have? Where do you feel God calling you to use them? What needs are around you which fit your abilities?
Pray: “Heavenly Father, thank you for your wisdom in creating me and for fitting me into the Body of Christ through Jesus’ sacrifice of his own life for mine. You made me for a purpose and to fit with your plan. Please guide me to the place you would have me serve so that I will be a blessing to You and to others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”