Thursday – November 2, 2017 – Competent to Serve
Romans 12:5-6a (MSG) So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.
Serving effectively in the body of Christ requires competence. We each were made to function in different ways. Our competence comes to the forefront when we discover how we were made and what we do best. We all feel a great deal of discomfort when we are asked to serve in ways that display our incompetence. Have you ever experienced that? Chances are that you didn’t last very long in that role.
Why do you think that people often find themselves performing roles that they aren’t very good at? Could it be that those who can do that function well simply are not stepping up, doing what they need to do so the body can function the way it is supposed to?
In Illinois, there is a High School football coach who over a five-year span won three state championships. He was asked by a reporter what special plays he added for the championship game to trick the opposition. His reply was not what most people expected to hear. He said, “We do the opposite. We take out of the playbook all the plays that we do not perform well. We only include the plays that we have had great success with.”
Read 1 Samuel 17. David was faced with a dilemma when Goliath was challenging the Army of the Living God. No one else was stepping up to face the giant so he offered himself. King Saul first tried to dissuade him by telling him he was too young and when David insisted, he then offered his own armor. That was off putting for David because it did not fit him. Instead, he took what suited his youth and agility, five smooth stones and a slingshot. By eliminating what impeded him he could fight at a championship level and win the day.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for making me the way that You did. From now on, I determine to be myself, eliminating anything that would impede me from serving at a championship level.