Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. Romans 12:4-6
Whether it was a dancer, a nurse or an artist, we all had something in mind for our future.
For me, that dream was to be a teacher.
I was very organized, had a love for learning and an even greater love to share what I had learned with others.
As a little girl, I would gather my friends and cousins around and play “school”, teaching them everything I knew. Although it was all in fun, there was a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment inside me after we were finished…. a sense of purpose.
We are all created for a purpose.
God has given each of us talents, gifts and abilities that aid us in achieving His plan for our lives.
Many of these gifts are recognizable at an early age. They become clues in our discovery of what God has created us to do.
Yet, as we begin to experience the hardships of life, these gifts can become clouded by our failures or our need to impress others. We can have a harder time seeing what we are good at, losing sight of our purpose.
This is something that I really struggled with, especially after having children.
Your True Identity in Christ
As I watched others around me doing “great” things, I began to feel left behind.
I was in my early 30’s, a stay at home mom, cleaning house and doing laundry.
I had such high expectations for myself!
Why hadn’t I written a book, or spoken at women’s conferences or at least used my degree to climb the corporate ladder?
I had other friends doing these things.
When would I get to do something of importance?
I began searching for significance anywhere I could find it…in a vocation, at my kid’s school and in relationships.
I needed to do something that had a “wow” factor. If I wasn’t doing something that everyone could see–then I wasn’t doing anything “great”. I believed the lie that if I was only leading small groups with a handful of women in my house, then it was somehow less important than speaking to thousands in an auditorium. The expectation of achievement had corrupted my thoughts and distorted the vision of where I should be in life.
However through processing my feelings of insignificance with God and others, I’ve come to the conclusion that whatever God calls me to do is important.
Whatever God calls you to do is important.
Whether you’re in the spotlight, achieving success in the business world or behind the scenes, teaching children….it all makes an impact. There is no ranking of greatness in God’s kingdom.
We are all part of the body of Christ, making an impact for the kingdom of God.
There is no least important role in the kingdom.
And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? 1 Corinthians 12:16
So what am I doing now?
Homeschooling my kids, writing a blog and leading small groups.
Some of the very same things I was doing before.
Yet my perspective of what I should be doing and who I should be doing it for has changed. The lures of prestige and being known had temporarily pulled me into a pattern of searching outside of God for significance.
I am fully known, completely understood and unconditionally loved and accepted by Him. Knowing this, doesn’t mean I never seek affirmation from others, we all want to be encouraged and recognized. However, knowing who I am and whose I am, prevents me from basing my identity and worth on the opinions of others.
Are you seeking to find your identity in your job, your relationships or elsewhere? Although those things can temporarily comfort us, they will never complete us. Our true identity and worth is only be found in Christ. The more we read His word, talk to Him and connect with Him in worship, the better understanding we have of who we are. Our worth is wrapped up in His words.