The Main Sphere of Stewardship: Our God-given DNA *
God could have made just one kind of bird. Instead, we have robins, doves, chickadees, blue jays, eagles, and – my favorite – mockingbirds. Plus hundreds more.
It’s almost spring (wishful thinking??). Soon, a whole slew of flowers will show up, of every conceivable size, color, shape, and aroma.
Even a cursory understanding of human DNA reveals that every single human being that has ever lived, and that WILL ever live, is unique. With an endless variety of makeups, both external and internal.
So, it should hardly surprise us that God gives us differing abilities and gifts.
The apostle Paul underscores this principle in 1 Corinthians 12, where believers are pictured as all being part of the body of Christ, and the body is made up of many different parts:
12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?
Diversity is baked into the way God creates, and re-creates. Our unity is not based on sameness; it grows through our embracing and using our God-given gifts and abilities.
We are stewards of OUR gifts, not someone else’s. Don’t be idle because you envy how God has put together others, mistakenly thinking that you are of no use. You are indispensable.
Be a faithful steward of your abilities. Sing the song that God put into you.
* This series is part of a 12-week study on the topic: Being Stewards of God <— (outline). We’re now in week 7, considering the sphere of our stewardship – why it is vital to determine our gifts and abilities. If you’d like to receive these posts in your inbox, just put your email address in the Email Subscription box on the blog’s right sidebar.