You were specially chosen for your role.
For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. (Romans 12:4-5)
The person preaching before thousands and the stay-at-home mom are both members of the same body. Each person serves a purpose, and that includes you. If you’ve accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you are a member of the body of Christ. All the members work in conjunction with the overall benefit of Christ’s body. You are a team member, and God desires all team members to support and pray for one another. So, if you’re comparing yourself to others, stop it!
For I am the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me. (1 Corinthians 15:9-10)
The great apostle Paul said he was the least of the apostles and wasnt fit to be called an apostle. He went on to say, ..but by the grace of God I am what I am… When we look at the great things other people are doing, we may see ourselves as less and unfit. Thats why comparing ourselves to others is so dangerous. Other people arent our competition. You are not less than anyone else. Youre not unfit. God called, chose, and anointed you for His glory.
When we stop comparing ourselves and declare along with Paul, “…I am what I am…”, we’ll fully embrace the purpose and plans God has for us. We’ll stop focusing on what everyone else is doing and focus on doing all we can to glorify God, edify His people, and build His kingdom. All of us can contribute to those things in small and significant ways.
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