Finding Your Role
In sports, there are many different roles to be played. There are some players that can do one or two things well, but struggle with other things in their game. Some players do one thing exceptionally well, but nothing else well. There are some that do many things well, but nothing great. Occasionally, you’ll have what’s often called a “5 tool player,” which means, especially in baseball, that they can do everything great. There are very few holes in their game, if any.
We can see the same ideas in our spiritual lives as well. Some people are great speakers, but not great song leaders. Others that are good at speaking to people in a one-on-one setting for encouragement or studying, but not good at speaking in front of a crowd. The list goes on, but there are many roles that can be filled within the worship service and our individual lives, as well.
Sometimes, people are upset at themselves because they don’t do everything exceptionally well. It’s nice to want to do as much as you can to help serve the Lord, but knowing your own limitations is also key. It’s okay if you’re not comfortable doing a certain thing. Not everyone is comfortable doing everything involved in the worship service. It’s all about doing what will best please God and can best spread His word.
1 Corinthians 12:14-18 says “For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot says, 'Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,' it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. And if the ear says, 'Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,' it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired.”
We are here for a reason, and God has blessed us with certain gifts for a reason. If you are an “eye,” be the best eye you can be! We are all in this together, and we all have our role in Christ’s body. Find yours and do it to the best of your ability. When we meet Barnabas in Acts 4:36, we know him as “Son of Encouragement.” That was his role. Sure, he did other things, but what he was known for and what he was best at was being an encouragement to others. Reading through all the things Paul went through, there’s no question he was important for the ministry.
What’s your role? Even the little things that aren’t seen much are just as important in the body of Christ. There’s a role for all of us. Yours is out there, if you haven’t found it yet. Go find it.