The Main Sphere of Stewardship: Our God-given DNA *
I’m an introvert.
I used to feel really bad about that. I felt deeply inferior to more extroverted people. But now I embrace and enjoy my wiring (note: it did take quite a while to get there)!
Many of God’s servants through the ages have been introverts. Many also have been extroverts. Some have boldly led from up front. Others have served, almost unseen, in the shadows.
Every type of person, with every type of internal wiring, is needed. Sure, we often need to stretch beyond our comfort zone, but we’ll only do so confidently when we know that we are well-designed for the purposes laid out for us.
And, when we know that the God of all adequacy is with us.
Our attributes are on a spectrum – for instance, I am much more inward-focused than extroverted – and while we may be able to move the needle somewhat here and there with acquired skills and behaviors, we’re not going to alter our fundamental DNA.
And why should we? Should a rose be envious of a calla lily, and try to change its shape and color??
Moses, in Exodus 4, was having an argument with God about his perceived sense of inadequacy for the task assigned to him. God’s answer is quite telling:
But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.”
God makes us who we are, and gives us the grace and strength to do what He calls us to – even if it’s a stretch.
Every puzzle piece has its own shape so it can fit into the larger whole. So it is in this world, and in the body of Christ.
* 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.