Thursday, December 27, 2018

Feeble, But Necessary

2019 is less than a week away!  My heart is filled with such anticipation and expectation. As we approach the new year, I felt a tug to share this download with you all.

During my devotional reading time yesterday morning, I stumbled across a Scripture in Apostle Paul's first letter to the Corinthians.  In chapter 12, he discusses the spiritual gifts, as well as believers being the body of Christ.  This verse particularly struck me:  Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary; and those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour;... (1 Corinthians 12:22-23).

Feeble and yet, necessary.  And deserving of more abundant honor. Wow! 
Apostle Paul is basically saying that those members that seem to be weaker are absolutely necessary (1 Corinthians 12:22 AMP). Merriam-Webster defines feeble as "very weak; not good enough: not successful or effective."  Now, by definition, it would seem as if Apostle Paul's statement is contradictory. Something that's not successful or effective deemed necessary? Let's look at it from a physical perspective.  Think about those small members on our bodies.  They are small and weak when used alone; however, they carry great purpose.  If we attempt to do a handstand on the weight of our pinkie finger alone, we are subject to break a finger.  Why?  Because our pinkies were not designed for that purpose. So, if your purpose seem minuscule in the eyes of society, so what?!
God created you with an unique purpose.  You may not be purposed to become the next president of the United States or CEO of a Fortune 500 company, and that's okay!  You are fearfully and wonderfully made to do something great!  What is that great thing?  It's up to you to seek God and find out. 

Great, swelling titles/positions does not make one with a lesser position or title any less important.  Oftentimes, the ones with less authority, who are working and grinding behind the scenes are the ones who truly make things happen.  Think about films.  When it comes to making a film or thinking about movies in general, the titles that stand out most are: lead actor/actress, supporting actor/actress, writer, director, producer, composer, just to name a few. However, when you see those credits scrolling at the end of a movie, it took more than just the writer and director to make the movie.  There's a seemingly endless list of names who played a role (big and/or small) in bringing that film to the big screen. From the one who sewed the actor's costumes to the one who mopped the set floor.  They each played a significant role.  How about the extras in the films who are uncredited?  Some of Hollywood's biggest actors and actresses got their break in being an extra in a film.  Their role may seem feeble or insignificant to some, but like Apostle Paul said: it was necessary.

No matter where you are or what you are doing now, know that little is much in the eyes of God.  There are many Scriptures to support that thought.  Whatever you do, whatever gift you have, from washing walls to etching a wall in a blueprint for the newest skyscraper--do it heartily as unto the Lord.  The size of your talent doesn't matter.  What matters most is you putting it to use, and not wasting it.  I'm reminded of a quote from a movie, A Bronx Tale: "The saddest thing in life is wasted talent."  Jesus thought so, too. (Matthew 25:14-30)


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As we approach and step into 2019, go in with a renewed mindset and refined determination to bring your best before God. No matter how big or small your gift or talent is, do it heartily unto the Lord. (Colossians 3:23)

I pray you were inspired,

Shairon

Scripture references: 1 Corinthians 12:22-23, Colossians 3:23