Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. - Romans 12:4-6b (NLT)
I grew up in a circle of church influence that geared everything in the church around the pastor.
“Ask the pastor, he knows!”
I understand to some point that being the lead pastor of the church, he should know the overall daily functions of the church and he should know almost everything that is happening.
The lead paster of the church should be the overall overseer
of all movement in that particular body of believers
It is not unusual for the lead pastor to be aware of most everything that is happening in the church and he should be aware of anything that has to do with the mission and vision.
However, it was never meant for the pastor to do everything!!!!
God never intended for the lead pastor to have every gift in the church.
The lead pastor is a part of the body just as every other individual!
Paul, in Romans 12 states that there are many parts and there individuals who make up this parts can do certain things well.
Just as the physical body has many parts, so does the church body
- 1 Corinthians 12
What is the best or most important part of your body? Your right hand? Your right, big toe? How about you left leg; is it more important than your left leg?
2 Things about you that is important.
1. Every person has a special gift.
God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.
You have been given a special gift. You are different than the next person.
God did not create you to be exactly like someone else; you are unique, you are a masterpiece!
The writer in Psalm 139 states:
Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me… You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! - Psalm 139:1;13-17 NLT
For we are God's masterpiece
-Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)
2nd Thing about you that is important.
2. We all belong to each other!
We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other
- Romans 12:5
Spiritual formation is the process of being conformed to the
image of Christ for the sake of others. -Robert Mulholland
God didn’t just create us with our abilities to selfishly carry them out for personal purposes.
How sad it would be to have a unique, special gift given by God and only use it to satisfy one’s self.
Listen, one person cannot do everything. There are a lot of talented people who have many abilities, but they can’t do everything.
Be who YOU are. Do what God has created YOU to do. Help others by doing YOUR gift.
If you are a pastor, push some things you are attempting to do down in your organization. Let people carry out their God-given gift. YOU can’t do everything and that is not the way God intended it to be.
Every person has a special gift.
We all belong to each other.
Start today! Be the part of the body that God created you to be.
“God thank you for making each one of us so unique. We are truly Your masterpiece.
Lord, I pray that every person hearing or reading this devotion can grasp the concept that he or she is so important to Your plan and will.
You have created each of us with a special gift and this gift is not only for us, but for others as well.
Teach us! Guide us in our abilities. Place people in our path that need our special gifts and talents. Give us the opportunity today to pour into the lives of others.
Thank you for all that you do for us. In Jesus name, Amen."