You might portray it in this manner if the events that led to your current situation were transferred into the physical world.
You are aware that your condition does not constitute an emergency as you wait in the waiting area of the hospital. There is no life-threatening illness, screaming pain, broken bones, or bloody display associated with your condition. As more people come in, each of them with more urgent need than you do, you graciously give up your place and move further and lower down the list. You wait patiently for a day, a week, or an entire season, but there is never a quiet time that allows you entry.
At long last, I’m going to call your name. You make your way to the front desk, where a nurse greets you and inquiries about the reason for your visit. The realization hits you at that point that you are not quite certain. “Do you find it difficult to breathe?” No. “Do you still have headaches, and how is your throat feeling?” No. “Any fever or trouble sleeping?” No. “Then why have you decided to come in today?” The symptoms of living as a lone sock shoved to the back of the drawer are, to put it simply, a gradual sense of disorientation and an exhaustion that cannot be avoided.
You have the impression that you do not have any gifts and that you are not required in life or even in the church.
You attend the church service every Sunday, and you are certain that the preacher is an instrument in God’s hands. You look around at the young families that are raising children in your community church, and you pray that God will leave even more of his mark on their lives. You act as an advocate for missionaries who are putting their lives on the line in distant nations while being blinded by the glare of the Great Commission. You come to the shocking realization that you have never lived more than twenty miles away from your childhood home.
Although you follow the Lord Jesus, you can’t shake the idea that you’re just a bit player in the unfolding tale that’s going on all around you, that you’re being cast as “baker #3.” More well-known actors are still alive. You are nothing more than an existence in comparison to them. Perhaps you experience it more strongly when you are in the company of a Christian friend or family member who is more mature than you are in your faith. “Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter,” you are still here. It looks like every other piece of the puzzle will do. Would anyone even notice if you disappeared from the congregation if you were there? Are you just going through the motions of becoming “singing and praying churchman #13”?
You are certain that Christ has accepted you solely on the basis of his grace, independent from works – apart from what you have done in the past, what you are doing now, and what you will do in the future. However, when cynicism sets in, you find yourself wondering how the church is better off as a result of your participation. You’re unimpressive — well, no problem. You are aware that Paul reminds the church at Corinth that the majority of them were not wise in the sight of the world, nor were they powerful, nor were they honorable. Instead, there was a stupidity about them, a frailty and lowliness that was designed to win the scoff of the world. A church full of children who were picked last for recess, in order to humiliate the powerful and keep the boasters quiet (1 Corinthians 1:26–29).
But you are still perplexed as to why you don’t feel more vital and productive. You are not the lazy person or his clever sibling who is trying to get out of living a dedicated life. Even though the Master may have labeled you as the one-talent saint of lower ability, you still want to make the most of the opportunity to invest it, in contrast to the servant who buried his one talent and, in the end, lost it (Matthew 25:15–30). Even if you won’t be Adoniram Judson, George Whitefield, or Elisabeth Elliot, you still want to invest everything that you have, no matter how much that adds up to. On the other hand, there are days when you can’t help but feel that your mundane life is a complete waste of time.
Now you have some time to kill in the waiting room. You don’t want to waste the pastor’s or the small group’s time by droning on and on about the inarticulate sense of purposelessness when there are such serious sins to confess and dire circumstances to face. When you acknowledge that you are more like to Neville Longbottom, it is a blessing that your happiness toward the Hermione Grangers of Christ’s kingdom has not been stifled by envy. However, you find yourself wondering, “What’s the point?”
Dear Christian, even Neville, who is shy, mediocre, and unappealing, will play his part in the end, and it will be an important one. And if you go through your days heaving a sigh and harboring the idea that even in Christ, you don’t matter all that much, take solace in the fact that you are indispensable. Paul writes to the church in Corinth that “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 other hand, the parts of the body that appear to be less important are absolutely necessary. The parts of the body that we consider to be less honorable are the ones on which we bestow the greatest honor, and the parts of our bodies that we consider to be less presentable are the ones that are handled with the greatest modesty. Our more presentable parts do not require this level of modesty. 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 concern for one another. In other words, God has made it possible for there to be harmony inside the body. If one of the members is hurt, then everyone feels that pain, and if one of the members is honored, then everyone celebrates together. 1 Corinthians chapter 12 verses 21–26
“Hear him proclaim over your gifts, your service, and your participation in the body that you are “indispensable.””
They, like us, were tempted to place a higher value on certain spiritual qualities and forms of service to the church while assigning a lower value to others. The realm of mankind was the source of this information for them. In the majority of kingdoms, the rulers, the wealthy, the noble riders, and the wise are considered to be the most important people. The powerful and the skilled move about the board as bishops, rooks, and knights, while the rest of us advance as pawns. Pawns are the pieces that move forward. Expendable. However, in Christ’s economy and kingdom, pawns play an extremely important role. In order for all of the members to be able to care for one another on an equal level, he elevates them to the status of kings and queens via his divine grace, and he teaches the others how to see with his own eyes.
Therefore, Christian brother or sister, it’s possible that you won’t be able to teach like he does, or explain your religion like she does, or exhibit hospitality quite as much as they do, or pray as effectively as they do, or shine as brightly with good actions as they do. It’s possible that you’ll feel like the smallest member of the group that’s gathered. You may feel as though you are resting in your shoe and darkness, but the eye of the body sees glories that have been concealed from view, the mouth boldly proclaims Jesus, and the fingers accomplish wonderful deeds of service. You are experiencing feelings of being overheated, congested, and lacking ventilation. However, if the Spirit of Christ lives within you, then hear him shout over your gifts, your service, and your membership in the body that you are indispensable. One of whom it is utterly impossible for us to do without. Your presence is required in the church of Christ.
Christ did not come to redeem you with the intention of taking something from you in return.
And although there are countless ways for you to walk more faithfully to your calling and live more boldly for the common good of the church, keep in mind that Christ did not save you with an eye toward what he might get from you. He saved you because he loves you, not because he wants something from you. The faithful shepherd has no requirement for any of the members of his flock. He did not look into the future to determine whether or not you would be valuable enough to warrant the trouble of the cross. He does not regard you with apathy anymore, nor does he wait for you to earn your keep at this point. Treasured saint, before he works in and through you for his own pleasure, he forgives you, dresses you, and calls you indispensable – you are already a member of himself. Before he works in and through you, he calls you indispensable. We put on our new lives and new works of service “as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,” which means that we are holy and that we are loved by God (Colossians 3:12).
No one that the Father has chosen before the foundation of the world, no one that Christ has poured his precious blood for, and no one that is filled by the Holy Spirit of God can be considered expendable or useless to the body. Because the Lord is the source of life, everything and everyone is required. Therefore, allow the meaning of the word “indispensable” to wash over your fears and carry you on its waves to greater levels of love and service until we are able to stand before our golden King and hear him say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
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