It can be so easy to feel like what we do or who we are doesn’t make a difference in the world. Most of us at some point have struggled with the questions “why am I here?” and “what am I supposed to do with my life?” Maybe you’ve felt overlooked or unseen by those around you, like maybe you aren’t as important as the next person. Or maybe you feel like you’re destined for more but stuck in the same old routine. It can be a struggle to find our place in life and how we fit into the grand scheme of things.
As Christians, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that if we aren’t pastoring a church or serving on a mission field somewhere then we aren’t really living a life of ministry or that our roles aren’t quite as important.
But the truth is that God has given each of us unique talents that are designed to bring Him glory in a way that only we can when we use them. Like we say every Sunday, “every person matters and no one is just a face in the crowd.” That’s not just a catchy tagline we repeat to make people feel good, it’s something we really believe!
In Exodus 31, the Lord was giving Moses instructions for building the Tabernacle where the Spirit of God would dwell and where the people would worship God. The Lord told Moses what He had called each person to do – things like woodworking and jewelry making, as well as those who were called to be priests. Each job carried the same significance to God, so much so that it says God “filled with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship” so they would have the knowledge to do what God had designed them for. It wasn’t about the task being done – it was about Who the task was being done for.
Colossians 3:17 and 3:23 tell us that everything we do should be done for God. Whether we’re called into vocational ministry or we find ourselves in the 9 to 5 grind, we all have the same calling to serve God. Maybe your mission field is your office complex, the patients you see on a regular basis, the students you teach, or the barista at the coffee shop you frequent. Wherever you are, God has given you a circle of influence (this month’s message on Leadership is a great resource for this) and an ability to bring Him glory in a way that only you can. This is the perfect time to ask God to show you how you can use your talents and gifting’s to bring Him glory!