Who placed your right hand as your right hand and not your left knee? God did. Who wanted your feet to be attached to your ankles? God did.
At church, if you have ever felt out of place, wanted to find a better place, or you’ve been asked to serve in a new place, God is at work. God is placing you like he places a right hand.
God wants you to serve. This is God’s church, and God is organized. God has a plan and place for each person in the church, or often multiple options for each person to be able to contribute significantly and meaningfully.
At home, I needed a tin snips tool to cut some metal, but it was boxed up so I tried to use a regular scissors. Do you think it cut the metal? Nope. And guess what happened to the scissors? I broke it.
Each tool serves a special purpose, and other tools cannot do what that tool can do. A big wrench seems so strong, but do you think it can cut paper as well as a scissors? Not at all!
So the wrench shouldn’t think, “If only every one of these tools were like me, we’d get things done.” The Bible teaches it this way, “The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’ On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor” (1 Corinthians 12:21-23).
Let me ask you a question: how often do you feel honored for your volunteer work at church? Once in a while you might get a thank you, or some recognition, but most often you’re doing the work, plugging away, dealing with drama, and it seems like nobody appreciate it. Nobody honors it.
Then remember: This is God’s church, and everybody is honored. That’s what God says. Everybody is important. Everybody is needed. Everybody has a place and purpose. What’s yours?
“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it” (1 Corinthians 12:27).
PRAYER: Dear Jesus, I am connected to you! And you are connected to me and everyone in my church family. You make us one, a body, a team. Lord, you give me gifts and skills to contribute and I pray that I do so meaningfully, with joy in serving you, and in love serving others. Bless our church (your church). Amen.
FURTHER MEDITATION: If you are a CrossLife Church attender have you replied to our Sunday Serve team survey? We’re asking everyone who attends to complete the short, 2-question form here https://forms.gle/rcbobY3tvR6Amaex7.