God gave individual abilities to the men who were assigned the task of building the Tabernacle there in the desert. Each person used their knowledge and skill to create something truly amazing. How far would they have gotten, I wonder, if there were only carpenters willing to work? It took weavers, metal workers, strong backs, and gnarled fingers sewing seams to make it happen.
Paul in Romans 12:4-5 tells us:
For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
We do not all have the same function in God’s Church. But sometimes we might look at our abilities and, either think we are more important than others in ministry, or we think our abilities are unnecessary.
Paul also tells us in 1 Corinthians 12:14-18
Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ears should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts of the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.
Did you catch that? You are at your church for a reason. You are equipped by God Himself to be an important part of your church fellowship, just as God wanted you to be.
It’s easy to give the bulk of the work to preachers and teachers. But the Church – your church – needs nursery workers and custodians, choir members and greeters, people to organize fellowship, and those with a heart for meeting the material needs of others. The Church needs prayer warriors and people willing to stuff envelopes, mow the grass, shovel the snow, unlock the doors before service and lock them again when everyone has gone.
God has equipped YOU for service in His Church. That’s a given, according to Scripture. The question is – what are you doing about it?