Yes. You Matter.
I know it is difficult to be honest, but let's try for a moment. At some point, all of us have had a nagging question in the back of our mind: "Does my life even matter?" I assume you have wondered that. I have.
Imagine the person who spends his entire life bettering society only to find out at the end that the needle was only moved a tiny bit. Or knowing that the next generation could come along and reverse the good that has been done. Or that there are so many other injustices in the world that haven't been addressed. Or that they got to the end and realized it was not a worthy cause after all.
How depressing, yet how real.
Does our life really matter? At the end of the day don't we all want to know that? Do our lives matter and can we live a life of significance? Yes they do and yes we can.
This week we will look at the Biblical truth about our identity that we are GIFTED. God has taken the time to give gifts to each of His followers to use for His kingdom purposes. When we do that, we don't have to wonder if we are doing the right thing or not - we are doing what our Creator made us to be when we use our gifts. We don't have to wonder if our lives matter - we are focused on doing what the Beginner, Sustainer and Finisher of all human history has called us to. What cause is worthier then that?
A way to make your life matter is to find how God has uniquely made you, and then use that for the good of the Kingdom in His body, the church.
The church is referred to as the "body of Christ" in a few places in Scripture, but 1 Corinthians 12 is particularly helpful for the topic at hand today.
The body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.
Do you ever see some people in certain roles as "super important" and your gift as less important? You see a hand doing their 'big time' work for God and you think 'I am just a foot'!
Paul is trying to get the Corinthian church to imagine a church with all eyeballs, all hands, all kneecaps or all armpits to show what a tragedy that would be. That doesn't reflect the beauty of all the gifts that God has given to His people!
The Church of Jesus Christ is "many parts, but one body". That is how it is designed. Our culture has elevated certain roles of leadership, public speaking, and influence to the top of the list. Imagine a church of all Presidents and no citizens! Of all CEO's and no one tending to the daily tasks! Of leaders with no followers!
Avoid the temptation to relegate your gift to the back burner.
In the body of Christ, the person who quietly, faithfully serves Communion, cleans up after donuts, teaches young children, prays behind the scenes, privately stretches his tithe as an act of worship, waters the flowers inside and outside the church, or passes out bulletins, are just as vital as those who lead a committee, serve on the elder board, preach a sermon, serve the poor, and visit the sick.
That is the Body of Christ. A place where you can use the gifts your Creator has given you to return to Him in an act of worship.
4 questions to consider:
- Am I serving at all?
- Am I serving in my sweet spot? (In line with how God has made me vs. where you feel societal pressure to.)
- Am I able to serve with joy?
- Am I serving too much? (Am I spread too thin?)
I don't want to mobilize people to serve because we have spots and need them filled by you so we can do things. I don't want to be a church of all feet. I want to mobilize people to serve so they can use their unique gifts, come alive, and convince themselves of the truth that God already says about you.
See you Sunday!