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cropped-rose-4.gifRomans 12:3, “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God had distributed to each of you”

A noted brain surgeon, Dr. Bronson Ray, was taking a stroll when he saw a boy on a scooter smash headfirst into a tree. Realizing that the boy was seriously injured, the doctor told a bystander to call an ambulance. As he proceeded to administer first aid, a boy not much older than the injured one nudged through the crowd that had gathered and said to Dr. Ray, “I’d better take over now, sir. I’m a Boy Scout and I know first aid.”

As ridiculous as that sounds, it’s no worse than someone in the church trying to do something for which someone else is better qualified. We should have a proper estimate of ourselves and our abilities. Studying God’s Word and relying on His Spirit will help us. This will not only prevent us from being proud, but it will also help us to recognize our place in the body of Christ and to function effectively in it. And it will keep us from coveting positions filled by other believers who are more qualified for them.

The apostle Paul wrote that we all have gifts, but they differ according to the grace that God has given to us (Romans 12:6). My beloved, we need to evaluate our strengths and weaknesses, and ask the Lord to show us our place in His plan. Then we can serve Him with faithfulness and effectiveness.

It matters not what others do,
It is my task to see
My life is patterned in the mold
The Lord has planned for me. – Beers

Further thoughts:

God’s children have been sovereignly designed and placed in the body of Christ for specific purposes. Each of us is vital to the well-being of the whole. And when we fulfill our role, there will be harmony, and our Savior will receive the glory. For a healthier church, exercise your spiritual gifts.

You rob yourself of being you when you try to do what others are meant to do.