As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace…in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 4:10-11
DEVOTION – SEPTEMBER 1, 2019
1 Corinthians 12 talks about being members of the body of Christ. I’ve often joked about being “the little toe” in the body of Christ. The little toe is certainly not glamorous; it’s not even remotely close to the most important part of the body. It’s not life-sustaining like the heart or lungs. It doesn’t help us experience life in the way the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and hands do.
As inconsequential as it may seem, however, the little toe does serve a purpose. Although the smallest and weakest of the five toes, it helps with balance and propulsion—it is part of the foot’s “tripod” of balance along with the heel and big toe. Loss of any one of these elements can significantly inhibit a person’s ability to skip, run, or walk. While the loss of the little toe can be overcome and an individual can learn to adapt, its loss is still felt, and the body is no longer working as it was designed to work.
My work—the roles I perform personally and professionally—often makes me feel like the lowly little toe. I’ll admit that in my personal and in my professional life, I struggle sometimes. I struggle to find meaning in some of the small, seemingly unimportant tasks that come my way. I struggle to willingly do the repetitive, unglamorous stuff. I often have to remind myself that I’m part of something bigger, and though not the same as other parts, still useful…still important.
God has gifted me with knowledge, skills, and experiences that make me uniquely qualified to work where I am. My goal is to remember that I’m working for the Lord, as Colossians 3:23 says, “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” We are all called to use whatever measure of gifting God has given us to serve as our part of the body so that he may be lifted up.
Thank you for the immense variety and diversity you provide us in this life. Thank you for giving me unique skills, knowledge, experience, and abilities. I pray you will help me to think neither too little nor too much of them…to recognize they are just one part of the bigger body of Christ, yet they are needed and useful. Remind me, when I feel overlooked or overworked, that I’m working for you not for the approval and applause of others. Help me remember the true purpose of these gifts: to bring honor and glory to you in everything I do.
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