God’s Unique Role for You
“A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church.” (1 Corinthians 12:7 NLT)
Ramblings from Lacy’s dad – Several years ago I received an urgent call one Friday from one of the hospitals we cover. They needed something stat for a surgery one of their Neurosurgeons needed to perform. I hung up with them, placed a call to our supplier and worked out an overnight shipment through FedEx. Some of their well trained pilots would fly the package from Missouri into Memphis. Another equally competent set of pilots would then fly it from Memphis into Atlanta early Saturday morning. Once in Atlanta, a hard working driver would load it onto the truck at the airport and deliver it to their distribution hub. At the distribution center it would be sorted and sent to our neighborhood FedEx location.
If everything went smoothly, I would be at FedEx when they opened at 9:00 to pick up the package, and have it to the hospital by 10:00 with surgery scheduled for 11:00. However, when I got there they had NO package for me. The very competent well trained FedEx employees flew their planes as scheduled. The drivers and sorters did their jobs on time as expected. Unfortunately, someone in our suppliers warehouse failed to check a simple little box on the shipping information that said “Saturday Delivery”. The package showed up as “ordered”…on Monday.
Suffice it to say the surgeon did not blame the warehouse employee, but instead laid all the blame on Lacy’s dad. He never did business with us again. That unknowing warehouse employee caused irreparable damage when they non-chalantly failed to check that little box on the shipping form. The highly paid pilots did their job. The well paid drivers did their job. This hard working dad, did his job. But that was not what the surgeon remembered. He did not remember the countless other times we had what he needed at the hospital when he needed it.
Those of us in God’s family are kind of the same way. There are different jobs/gifts that we have. Some are more visible like the pilots, or the drivers. But there are other jobs less public that are just as important, like the person who failed to check the “Saturday Delivery” box.
Everyone of us, like everyone in my example above, are needed. Anytime we fail to do what God has called us to do, it has an impact. Can God work around it? Absolutely! We just miss an opportunity to be a part of the process.
I am praying that today if I have an opportunity to be used by God, I don’t fail to play my part, even if its “just checking the box”…
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)