“For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them…”
-Romans 12:4 – 6
There is so much going on in our world right now. It’s not that any of the issues are especially new or more problematic than they were previously. It’s just that the stillness caused by Covid-19 and Quarantine has seemed to magnify it all. The injustices of the world. The inequities in the world. The pain of those in the world. The suffering of those in the world.
I have found myself wanting to tackle it all, speak on it all, write about it all, take a stand for it all, post about it all- but at the end of the day I have been left feeling utterly drained and utterly incapable of doing everything, and therefore I’ve felt completely unable to do anything at all.
Recently I took the following question before the Lord: “What do I do when my heart breaks for all the things that break your heart, but my body doesn’t know how to move?” His answer: “You won’t be able to do anything effectively as long as you’re trying to do everything.” I had to sit with that for a while.
Here’s the thing- there is only one God. He’s omnipotent and omniscient. He is the only one who can do anything and everything. While we all in our own right are gifted or talented, we are not and will never be Jesus Christ- period. However, that all-knowing and all-powerful God granted each of us unique gifts according to the grace given to us and those gifts can be used to make a difference in our world.
None of us is called to do everything because none of us is God, but all of us are called to do something. So we must be intentional about seeking God as to what He would have us do. If the Lord does not lead us, we can fall into the trap of being led by our flesh, our feelings, society, what we think is right, what is popular, what is trendy, or some other motive that is not Spirit-led.
When we allow God to guide us, we each do the thing we’ve specifically been called to do. And when each of our individual parts come together, God can establish healing and wholeness in the world through us as the body of Christ.
As much as I care about every issue going on in our world right now, I know I haven’t been called to tackle every issue in the world. I also know I’m not supposed to go about addressing these issues in the same way as everyone else.
The task God has given me is to uplift the stories of the wounded and broken. The mission God has given me is to minister to the wounded and the broken. The avenue God has instructed me to use is my writing. I don’t have to feel the pressure to post on social media, create videos, raise money, organize events, or any other task as long as I am being faithful to what I know God has told me to do.
The same holds true for you. Do not measure yourself by a standard God has set for someone else. Be faithful to your task. Be consistent in your role. You are adding value to the Kingdom of God with your obedience. Someone needs the thing you have to offer. No matter how big or small it seems to you, it is massive in the eyes of God if it’s something He has told. So play your part and play it well, because we can’t do it without you.