Playing the Part
“For many are called, but few are chosen.”
… But some are chosen.
So often we focus on how God has used other people. We talk about Moses and David and Jesus and Paul, and of course, that’s right and good. However, sometimes we forget a really important piece of the puzzle. God always intended to use us, too. In fact, His intent is every bit as much in us as it was in them.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not claiming that our roles are all exactly the same or carry the same magnitude. What I am saying is that God has a plan, and His plan includes each of us. Since we are part of His plan, our part and how He connected us to it, is just as important. We choose the measure that we walk it out. Though we must choose, it is imperative that we first see.
We see in 1 Corinthians 1:26-27 something interesting. It says, “For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty.” This fact often causes us to overlook completely the fact that God has important things for us to do. The weak, the foolish, they rarely see themselves as an important piece of the puzzle. I know because this was me. Humility is an incredibly important attribute that one should have. However, if we are not careful, false humility can take over and keep us from doing what we should. I am not advocating for people to try and build their own kinds of ministries, as often happens within the body of Christ. What I am advocating is, seeking God, discovering what part we are to play and do that part with everything that is in us. To give ourselves fully to God’s plan as it pertains to us as individuals.
I see so often good Christians who never fully realize God’s plan for their lives mostly because they never fully realize God’s plan for their lives. Romans 12:6 says, “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them… “ We are all part of the Body of Christ and we all have some role to play. Like a natural body, it can continue to function even if all the parts are not functioning properly, just not as effectively as if all parts were working as intended.
We want to be most effective, don’t we? In a society that is so self-centered, we need to break from those worldly ideals and return to God’s. We need to forget about us and focus on what we are to do. Fulfilling your purpose has so much more weight than finding your purpose. Don’t be like the world. You don’t need to find yourself, you need to find yourself in Him. Be the Body, be your part, and watch the overflow of fulfillment take its place in your life. It’ll bless others too!