Hopefully, you are connected with a local church. None of us should be left alone in this Christian walk by ourselves. Your church is a wonderful expression of God’s grace, and while it is not perfect, it is God’s vehicle to make disciples.
You need your church, and your church needs you! Read Romans 12:3-8 to see your role concerning your church.
3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.4 For as in one body we have many members,t and the members do not all have the same function,5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith;7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching;8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads,t with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
In this passage, Paul reminds us that we each have a gift and a place to serve. Unfortunately, in most churches, women are doing most of the service. Think through your nursery department, student groups, worship team, or any type of volunteers in your church. Usually, the majority of our servants are women.
In fact, I have heard where a male leader would be ideal, but since no man stepped up, a woman stepped into that role. While we praise God for their service and dedication, churches need men to step into a place of leadership in their churches and watch what could happen! This in no way is trying to devalue the role or contribution of women – quite the opposite. This is just highlighting that both are needed, and for varying excuses, many men sit on the sidelines.
God has gifted you specifically. You are a specific part of the Body and not another part, and it’s all on purpose.
How do you feel God has gifted you? What are you passionate about?
Commit today to talk with your pastor about how you can use your gifts and your passions to make a difference in your church.