by Lori Rowell
“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues.”
1 Corinthians 12:27-28 NIV
Knowing my role..
I love music. I love to sing! Ever since I was a little girl with a hairbrush microphone in front of my mirror I have wanted to be front and center on stage. It isn’t fear that stopped me, but my lack of singing talent. Unlike my partner in crime, Becky Hill Martin, I will probably never entertain people with a beautiful song.
God has blessed me with other gifts that I have come to realize are just as essential to leading others to Christ.
Paul said it best in 1 Corinthians, chapter 12, when he used the analogy of the body. Each part plays a role, and each part is essential. Just as eyes can’t hear, and ears can’t see, I can’t be a singer.
When one part of our body doesn’t function as it should, the rest of the body suffers as well.
There are so many moving parts to leading others to Christ. And just as the body doesn’t function normally when one part isn’t working well, the body of Christ depends on all of His moving parts.
Let’s face it, trash cans need to be emptied, floors need to be swept, chairs need to be placed, and if one of those things doesn’t get done then it can change the whole focus of the reason we gathered in the first place.
What if those of us who give our time shaking hands, and hugging on and praying for others, make someone just as happy as hearing Becky sing a beautiful song?
What if because I remember someone’s name and greet them earnestly, they come back the next week, not because of the music, but because they felt loved?
What if I should not only know my role, but also know how important my role is?
Today, I am thankful for my perfect gifts that God has given me to serve others!