There are different roles to be performed in the church but everything flows towards enhancing the experience of God. There are different roles for different people in the tabernacle in the wilderness, according to the focus, which is marked by structure and order. And the bible says that God is not the author of confusion but order (1Corinthians 14:33, 40).
Without order there cannot be growth or growth will become injurious. The first inkling of structure in the church in the Acts of the Apostles was when the growth of the church was leading to rancour and bad blood among the people, growth was being given a bad name, and the apostles resulted to devolve certain roles to some people called deacons, seven of them. And things went on smoothly (Acts 6:1-7).
Each one of us has different roles to play as members of the body of Christ. We have a spiritual contribution to make. We are all valuable, and need to be walking in the fullness of the blessing of purpose of God through us for the body. It is when each part of the body of Christ (Romans 12:1-18, Ephesians 4:1-16, 1Corinthians 12), which we individually are, contributes their needed part that the healthy growth of the body is sustained. Jesus wants to use each one of us in a specific way for the good of the body, and it is a blessed thing to discover what that is.
It is wrong to be jealous of the role or purpose of the other person. It is a downplaying on your own usefulness. Each of us needs to maximize our “office” (Romans 11:13), what we are set apart for, the specific way that Christ wants to manifest through us.
Whatever you do, it should be by the wisdom and ability of the Lord in expression through you. You should gain confidence in the Lord to pursue you role with all vigour, taking the words that Paul told Timothy to heart, which says he should stir up the gift of God in him since God has not given him the Spirit of fear, but of love, power and of sound mind (2Timothy 1:6-7). Have you taken the time to study the passages of the New Testament which has to do with spiritual gifts, understood them and defined yourself by them?
John the Baptist was asked to define himself; his conclusion was based on something he saw in the word of God (John 1:19-24). You need to be able to also likewise locate your divine placement and destiny in the word of God. When you define your role from the scriptures then you live with conviction, you are not so easily moved no matter what. Because you know that you are following the divine design for your life.
Whatever your role is, apply yourself to it, take the effort to make the best out of it, become the best in it. Only the best is fit for the Lord, and everything should be an expression of our love for God, who we are supposed to love with everything we have, everything in us (Mark 12:28-30).
Sometime we have a direct word from God personally on what our role should be and we then see the same activated in us. God told Jeremiah that he has appointed him as a prophet (Jeremiah 1:4-5); he told Paul that he is a light to the gentiles (Romans 1:1), and he functioned as an Apostle to the gentiles, not as a result of human deliberation, but divine appointment. Jesus handpicked the twelve apostles (Luke 6:12-16); their position was not contested for; it was not put up for a vote.
God defined roles for each of the families of the sons of Levi, who are to attend to the temple. Everything was by divine determination. So also on an individual level, we should approach our work, roles in the church of God from the perspective of what God has determined. We need to have the sense of being right in the center of the will of God for us. Paul admonished that we should not be fools but understand what the will of God is (Ephesians 5:17).
It is basic to understand your position in the kingdom. Paul told the Roman Christians that they should not think of themselves more highly as they ought to for God as dealt to each a measure of faith, and as each one has received grace, and spiritual gifting, they should use it.
You need to locate yourself in the gift possibilities of the word of God. Real Christianity is functional Christianity; there is no allowance for redundancy. It is about what you can contribute not just what you can get. The aim of God is maturity, moving away from neediness to usefulness. In the book of Hebrews, certain people were rebuked for spending too much time as babes. They were told that they ought to have become teachers but because of their failure to mature, they still need to be fed milk because they cannot handle meat (Hebrews 5:11-14).
It is time for you to step up your game, thrown off your misgivings and throw yourself into the work of the Lord. Know that there is a place or you.
Paul wrote that each part of the body has its function and each one of us as Christians have our function as individual member of the body of Christ. It is when every part supply what is expected that growth becomes inevitable, and everyone gets empowered. Whatever service you are offering is a flow of divine water to people around you, to others in the church, and the outcome is that everyone get blessed, become strengthened.
We are called to be strong in the Lord (Ephesians 6:10). One way that happens is when you are strong in the expression of the gifts and calling you have from the Lord. It means you occupy your position and perform your functions in the body of Christ with clarity of purpose and strong impact. You are, therefore, not only in the Lord, part of his body, but also strong in the Lord.
When you identify your place, you have confidence and you are cured of the spirit of comparison. Paul wrote that the ones who compare themselves with others are not wise (2Corinthians 10:12).
But you are not a fool, you are wise when you understand what the will of God is for you (Ephesians 5:17), then you can celebrate others because you know that their being all they are supposed to be will enhance you to be all you are supposed to be, as iron sharpens iron (Proverbs 27:17).
The time is short; you can’t spend a lifetime wondering, when you can be a wonder (Isaiah 8:18).
- The Structure of God’s Church (thelivingwordblog.com)
- Discerning the Body Part Three (breadforthebride.wordpress.com)
- “Where’s Your Focus” (revtonyaspruill.wordpress.com)
- – My Gift is Our Gift – (hiseternalword.wordpress.com)
- Teamwork (kingfishermobilising.wordpress.com)
- Salvation Series 4: The Church (weareradical.wordpress.com)
- A Simonian Origin for Christianity, Part 6: Traces of Helen in the Pauline Letters (vridar.org)
- What’s in your circle? (thefireplacewny.wordpress.com)
- 1 Corinthians 12:27 “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” (impactsouth.wordpress.com)
- Ephesians 4:1-16 (vesselsofclay.org)