As I had been contemplating the idea for my last post, about taking care of ourselves so we can better care for and serve others, and serve God, my thoughts began to wander to how each of us is called to do something different for God.
Not all of us are called to be ministers or pastors in church, or be part of the music ministry where we are up in front of everyone, or are able to sit in every meeting. Others are called to help in more unseen roles, whether it is helping in the children’s nursery, or Sunday school, or being a Sunday School Van Driver, or janitor, or help prepare the food for or wash dishes after a church function. There are many different ways God calls people that are more than just what you see church service to church service.
God does challenge us, and gets us out of our comfort zones, but he also uses the talents he gave us, to his glory.
In high school I had the opportunity to be in the young people’s choir at church, which was fun while I did it. I had also helped in the nursery during my senior year of high school, which I loved. I had to step out of both of those ministries when I went to college and was attending another church. After college and I came back to the city and church I had grown up in, I had changed and so had my calling. While I don’t have the musical talent that other who are in the regular orchestra and choir have, I knew music ministry was not my calling. The nursery was no longer going, and I knew that teaching Sunday school, at this point in time is not my calling.
While I know the Lord has placed a larger call on my life that I am still being prepared for, in the mean time, God has called me to help a friend of mine who has three little boys who are all under 3 as of writing this post. The effort that it takes to get all 3 to church for Sunday school, and through the morning meeting on her own would be impossible without some help from family and close friends to lend a hand. While I won’t give many details about her story, since it is her story, I just wanted to share that many a Sunday morning when she is there with her boys, I am there to help out and take one of the boys, and help keep them distracted, and get them loaded up after church.
The past several years I have also helped with cookies and hot chocolate for the annual weekend long Christmas event we do. Honestly, I would just as soon be back in the kitchen than being up in front of a ton of people.
There are those who are called to be ministers, pastors, missionaries who preach the word of the lord, others who are called to the music ministry (choir, orchestra, worship/praise team/band), and others who are called to do the cooking and cleaning. Someone has to make the food for church events and clean up afterward. Someone has to keep the church clean, it doesn’t clean itself.
We each are unique, and have unique talents and skills that God uses, and gives us the strength to do what he calls us to do that is out of our comfort zone, that we do with a willing heart.
“And he said unto me, My grace is
sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 KJV
This scripture came to mind as I was writing that last little bit. God also uses areas where we are weak for his glory, and that his strength is made perfect in our weakness.
That doesn’t mean I will be a choir soloist, just because that is a weakness for me, but talking to others about Christ and what he has done for me, or one day being a pastor or minister’s wife, if that is what the lord wants, I would do it. Would I choose to do it, or consider it a strong point, no.
God calls us to do different things, some of them really do play off our strengths and talents, other things some may feel are beneath them, or too hard for us, but we can do all things through God, and nothing that He calls us to do is beneath us. With his things we can do what we thought was impossible. In doing as we are called to do, that is where the blessing is.