Many believers struggle to understand their gifting, who they are and where they fit as individual members of the body of Christ.
Frustration can render them ineffective and unfruitful. On the other hand, there are those who focus on the needs of others, seize opportunities and enjoy a fruitful, fulfilling life.
He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. —Eph 4:16 (NLT)
Jesus, the head of the church, is responsible for where we fit; our part is to function. Constantly trying to define our individuality leads mostly to frustration and discouragement, but real joy comes in helping others grow and helping the whole body to be healthy, growing and full of love.
Perhaps you find yourself in an uncertain place concerning your role in the church. Rather than trying to figure how or where you fit, reach out and begin helping others grow in Christ.
Prayer + Reflection
- Ask Jesus, the head of the church, to reassure your heart that you belong and fit in His body, even if you have no title or position, nor receive any public recognition for what you do.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the things that hinder you from reaching out to others. Pray for boldness to release what Christ has placed within you for His purposes.
- As you spend time in prayer, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the names of people within your sphere of influence who would benefit strongly by your personal encouragement.
- As we prepare to vote tomorrow, and as our national election process comes to a close, let’s pray, keeping in mind 1 Timothy 2: “We bring our prayers, intercession and thanksgiving for all people, for rulers and for all in high positions, that we may lead peaceful and godly lives. We ask that You, Lord, bless all leaders—those currently seated and those being newly appointed and elected. Grant them wisdom, courage and compassion to lead with integrity, righteousness and goodness. May Your name be lifted up under their leadership. Amen.”
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