1 Corinthians 12:12-30
This week’s Meditation is a day or so late because I just returned from the Inaugural activities for President Barack Obama. I found a common element in his Sunday Worship appearance at Washington’s Metropolitan AME Church; his Monday Swearing-In Ceremony, Parade and Inaugural Ball and in Tuesday morning’s National Day of Prayer at Washington National Cathedral – careful attention to logistics. What looks calm and easy on television is the result of an amazing amount of unseen planning, organizing and attention to detail.
The 1.2 million people who came for the Swearing-In Ceremony comprised the largest crowd that I’ve ever seen, the law enforcement and military agencies involved screened and directed that massive crowd with more precision and less difficulty than I’ve ever seen, but one detail in particular stood out for me – I saw more “porta pottys” positioned on the Mall between the Capitol and the Washington Monument than I’ve ever seen! Those simple “convenience stations” may seem to be a minor detail, but for those urgently seeking one in that massive crowd, they were a major, important and welcome presence.
That reminded me of something the Apostle Paul told Christians in the City of Corinth who were arguing over whose talents and abilities were most important to the church. Paul reminded them that they were all members of the Body of Christ and that each of them had critical roles to play, no matter how trivial, menial or inconsequential those roles seemed to be by human standards.
Remember that as you seek to serve the Lord. Many good people settle for being “faces in the crowd” when it comes to church involvement, believing that they don’t have the talent, wisdom or ability to serve and often end up frustrated and discouraged. We’d do well to remember, however, that what matters is not what we can do but what God can do with us and through us. When we faithfully and prayerfully seek God’s will and God’s way for our lives, we’ll discover new capabilities, experience new joys, develop new spiritual strength and see new blessings.
Take the time each day to seek God’s will and God’s way for your life. You’ll find that God has work for you to do and that God will equip you to joyfully do the work, and you’ll discover why one Gospel song entitled “Ordinary People” says, “Little becomes much when you place it in the Master’s Hands.”