Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Everyone is not a leader

Lately I've been working through the question of... what if I'm just a worker bee? I mean let's face it... there's only one queen. Growing up a thought I was a leader but sometimes the thought of leading something big overwhelms me. This morning Robert and I were reading through Romans 12 and verses 3-9 spoke to the heart of it.

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 has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

The gifts we do have are ours because he's given them to us right? and they're the best for us because HE GAVE THEM TO US. In the last couple verses Paul names out seven gifts from God, and only one of those gifts is being a leader. SO maybe I'm not a leader, I will say that looking at the list I feel much more comfortable with some of the others listed, I love to encourage and I can say confidently that I am a GOOD helper. If I'm working with someone and they give me a job- I will get it done, with bells on. I guess what He is showing me is....if I'm not a leader- THAT'S OK, and I'm going to find freedom in that. What I am- is the one he's made. And my  job is to say to God, "show me my gifts according to your will and show me my place in the body".

I love how he says, "Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but with sober judgment".... yes, so many days I need that. Remind me Lord that I am not "the body" but just a part of the body whose only job is to make you famous. And the best way to do that is know who I am in the body and then be the best member I can be. 

SO... maybe I'm not a leader but here are a few things that I think I am: 
an example
an encourager
an inspirer

What are you? 

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