Read: Ephesians 4:4-16
“All are not apostles, are they? All are not prophets, are they? All are not teachers, are they? All are not workers of miracles, are they? All do not have gifts of healings, do they? All do not speak with tongues, do they? All do not interpret, do they?”
1 Corinthians 12:29-30 NASB
“The bathroom is too small,” I announced, rubbing my head as I approached my boss’ desk.
“I’ve never really noticed the size of the bathroom before,” she replied, looking up from her stack of paperwork.
“Well, I did today and it’s too small.”
Her brow furrowed and I could tell she was debating whether it was wise to ask the question, “Why?”
I quickly explained that, on my last encounter with the room, I had managed the unusual feat of smacking my head on the porcelain sink behind the door. That this was due to the limited maneuvering space was (from my point of view) obvious. If we gave customers and staff members more than two feet between solid objects, such encounters would be fewer and farther between.
It seemed that from her perspective, the solution was equally obvious. Laughing, she pointed to me, “The problem isn’t the bathroom, it’s your legs: they’re too long!” It wasn’t the bathroom’s size that was the problem; it was my size. I was a bad fit.
Unfortunately, many times in churches we find ourselves in similar situations – badly fit for a specific area of service. Asked to perform a certain task for the body (helping in the nursery, teaching in a Sunday School class, working as a counselor, or helping in the kitchen), we meet only with failure at every turn. While we may be tempted to blame elements of the task, i.e., a finicky Christian education board, a poor kitchen layout, or the high demands from the congregation, the reason for our lack of success may not be the job itself, but our own fitness for the task.
As Christians, we must make certain that, while encouraging the exercise of the individual gifts which God has given us, we don’t at the same time box ourselves (or each other) into exercising gifts which we do not possess. Only when each of us performs our proper function in its proper place will the Church find success!
Challenge: Prayerfully consider your gifts. Then, commit to putting them to use in their proper place!