There is no doubt about it. My husband, Pastor Craig, has a unique gift and calling as a communicator of God’s Word and as a leader. Whether in his writing, preaching, or teaching, his words have divine power, clarity, and connection with our hearts. We can see that God has gifted Craig to be one of His mighty vessels to build and strengthen the Church. We often look in awe at such effectiveness throughout the Church and wonder how our gifts and callings could matter. Why should we even bother doing what someone else has already done or said so very well?
Have you ever been here? I have. When I sensed the Holy Spirit calling me to step up and enter into a new season of ministry I wondered, doubted, and felt a great sense of inadequacy. What could I possibly say or add that hasn’t already been said? Why even bother trying? Who do I think I am?
Yet, when it comes to sharing Jesus with the world, there are things I can do that Pastor Craig can’t: He can’t say it like me. He can’t do it like me. He can’t be me. And it’s the same for you. No one can tell your story or share what Jesus has done for you like you can.
Let’s fight the lies that comparison tells us. Let’s set our minds on what is true. You and I are one-of-a-kind. No one else can can serve Jesus like you or me! Our individuality has value all on its own. No one else shares our story or perspective. We are all needed parts of Christ’s Body. Ephesians 2:10 tells us that all followers of Christ are God’s handiwork, created by Him to do the good works He has prepared for us. 1 Corinthians paints a powerful picture of the Church, using human anatomy to illustrate how we’re designed to function together—and just how much we need one another.
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable … 1 Corinthians 12:21-22 NIV
Remember, nothing you ever do through the love and power of Christ is insignificant. So, no more “Craig already said this, and he said it better than I could.” No. He can’t say it like you.
God has created a space and place for each of us in the body of Christ. If you feel unneeded, remember: God has created no redundancies! Maybe you feel inadequate—like others would do a better job than you, but no one else can serve God for you. There are people only you have been specifically called and designed to reach and influence. You’re the only one who can offer your gifts back to God. Maybe it seems like there are already enough people who are kind and greeting people at your church. But they can’t do it like you can! Maybe someone else could do better at your job, but they were not assigned there today; you were! Maybe other moms look better at loving and nurturing their kids, but your children were uniquely chosen for you to raise! Get the picture?
Are you in a season of insecurity about something God has for you to do? The Spirit of Christ in you is enough! What do you need to begin or continue in with greater confidence and dependency? Name it. Embrace it. You have been uniquely equipped and called as God’s child.