Have you ever wondered how God really wants you to serve? First, you need a willing spirit.
Read Lynne’s story. Fresh out of college, she eagerly told God, “Use me, Lord!” And He did—as a young wife.
Later, Lynn again prayed, “Use me, Lord!” He did—to change diapers and to serve her young family.
When the children were in school, she cried again, “Use me, Lord!” He did—to drive carpools and volunteer.
God did not use Lynn to blaze trails the way she had thought He would. But He used her as an effective servant: as a godly wife and loving mother. These are both very important and exalted roles.
In 1 Corinthians 12, we read about God’s plan for us all to have different roles. “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body…God has arranged the parts in the body. Every one of them, just as He wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body” (vv. 12, 13, 18-20).
We are all different parts of the Body of Christ, the worldwide church. Each of us has a valuable function. Some functions are more public than others. But whether you have a public function like a mouth or a hand, or you have a private function like a heart or an appendix, each part is important to the complete functioning of the body.
My friend, wherever you are in your life, pray Lynn’s prayer, “Use me, Lord!” Then rest assured that He will use you in the function for which He designed you and be content knowing that you are fulfilling the purpose He has for you.
“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 who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” Romans 12:4-5
By Vonette Bright, My Heart in His Hands—Winter
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