What is your purpose in the body of Christ?
We all have one.
Some people find it easy to see what part God has called them to - the person with the amazing singing voice for worship, uncanny natural organizational skills, or a knack for encouraging people like no other. Some will spend significant time of their lives not knowing what exactly their talents and skills can be used for to further the body of Christ. Even then, they should seek opportunities to use the gifts they have as tools to encourage and build up people towards Christ.
So, what is your purpose?
Now, I’m not saying that you can only have one thing that you can do. “Purpose” is more than just “doing something of value”. Purpose is your reason for existing. You have been given certain talents and gifts that are intended to be used for God’s glory and delight. Shhh, don’t tell me you aren’t good at anything. Proverbs 20:5 says, “The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.” Your talents and gifts are there, it just takes wisdom to find them and their use in the body of Christ.
Are you fulfilling your purpose, or are you trying to fulfill someone else’s? If a screwdriver decides to become a hammer, then what? The nails may still get pounded into place, but it would be tedious and take much longer than normal, and the nail would probably be bent and the wood scuffed from all of the misfires of the screwdriver’s small head. On the other hand, now who would be doing the screwdriver’s job? The hammer that has been pushed out of its role? You can guess how that would go.
1 Corinthians 12:12-31 says “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts,yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?”
Do you want to feel as if you are of value to the body of Christ? Are you struggling to see your purpose in it?
Becoming and being a useful part of the body takes devoted time in prayer and God’s Word. Seek the counsel of others who know what their purpose is in Christ. Be ready for a journey - this isn’t easy! But it is absolutely worth it.
The Lord is calling you to a specific purpose.
Answer the call.