“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit” – 1 Cor 12:4-5
How often do you find parents imposing their dreams on their children? And how frequently do you see ruined lives because of unreasonable expectations?
Today’s scripture reveals that God gave different gifts of the Spirit to different people. Each does service according to the gift he receives. Because of this natural inclination, doing the service one is called to do will come without much effort and stress. In fact, because of the innate talent and interest, learning new skills is easy and the work is done with love.
Do you enjoy what you do? Or do you drag yourself to work with a heavy heart? Do you thank God on Fridays because you had a productive week and are looking forward to His Sabbath rest? Or do you thank God it’s Friday because you are able to escape from your dreadful job?
Your attitude towards your current work is a useful gauge in knowing whether the service that you are doing matches the gift that has been given to you. This provides a clue whether you are doing what you are called to do.
If you are living in the Spirit and you are doing the purpose you were created for, work is not burdensome. In fact, love will emanate from your work. And at the end of the day, the only measure that God will judge you with is love. He will not care whether you spoke in tongues, healed many people, preached in distant lands, moved mountains with your faith, gave up everything; He will only look at how much love you’ve put in your work. It is only love that will stand His test.
Dan Miller, in his book “48 Days to the Work You Love” gives a step-by-step approach on how you can achieve this in your life. Doing God’s will should not create turmoil and stress. When you are aligned with His will you will walk in His grace, equipped with His gifts to perform His tasks.
When you are called to be the knee in His body, you are not doing God any favor if you function as the nose. You don’t have the sensory capacity of the nose. It is not the right fit. You may attempt at being the elbow, with your ability to join and bend two parts but you will be shortchanging yourself. You can carry a heavier load than the elbow. You are meant to provide that support and mobility for the body. In some instances, you may already be doing the function of the knee but you are in the wrong place. If you are supporting a very heavy body, the load can injure you.
Know yourself and you will know your purpose. Know your purpose and you will be able to do your part and function in the body. And when you are doing exactly what you have been created for, enjoyment and fulfillment will be a natural byproduct of what you do. Love will emanate from you and will be seen in the product of your work.