You know, there are a lot of us that may be feeling a bit “dispensable” these days. The media and governmental authorities are all emphasizing essential employees and essential jobs. It kind of makes one re-evaluate their career choices and whether or not they make a difference since they are not deemed essential.
The guy flipping burgers at a fast food joint is deemed essential; the young girl that puts too much starch in my shirts and breaks the buttons is deemed essential; the lady behind the mask holding the walkie-talkie and the power of entry to Home Depot is essential; and certainly the dude wearing the ear buds and restocking toilet paper at the grocery store is essential.
But what about me? I work 50 to 60 hours a week to put food on the table, provide for my family, put kids through school, etc. But, can I be making a difference if I’m not even deemed essential’?
Well, it all depends on the economy.
No, I don’t mean that it depends on whether we are in a recession or if GDP is expanding or if the stock market is bullish. What I mean is — are you focused on the world’s economy, or on God’s economy?
First, let me point out your value. Not your value in the marketplace, but your value to God:
- God had His eyes on you from eternities past: For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. -Psalm 139:13-16
- God paid the ultimate price to make you His: But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. -Titus 3:4-7
- Christ didn’t just die for the whole world – He died for you: For one will scarcely die for a righteous person — though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die — but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. -Romans 5:7-8
So, your value in God’s economy is undeniable and infinite.
But does the whole “essential” or “nonessential” distinction apply within in God’s economy – to those God has redeemed and on whom He has placed His family seal? Are there “essential” and “nonessential” believers?
No. Definitely not.
When you became a believer, God gave you a spiritual gift to help the church in its mission on the earth. (“To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good,” 1 Corinthians 12:7.) There are many spiritual gifts and while some are more “prominent” than others (more visible, more “public,” more obvious), none are more important or deemed more essential.
Instead, each believer is required to exercise his or her giftedness in the church in order for the church to function as He intends.
For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them. -Romans 12:4–6
Only certain believers are gifted with (for example) the gift of teaching – to be up in front of hundreds of people to teach, exhort and equip them for service. But if a believer with the gift of compassion or hospitality is not exercising that gift, the body suffers because it is not functioning as intended.
God draws us to particular church bodies because He has plans for us and He has plans for that church.
Every believer within a particular church body is essential to God’s plan for how that body is to function.
YOU are essential to our church.
YOU are essential in God’s economy.
Relational Wisdom – New Online Class
Begins this Thursday, April 16
noon to 1 p.m.
Are you feeling challenged by all the “togetherness” you’re experiencing with your spouse, family or roommates right now? Ryan McCarthy, from our Soul Care Ministry, wants to help you grow through this time and gain wisdom for all of your important relationships. He’s offering an online class starting this Thursday and it’s all about helping you navigate your relationships with more insight and peace. Email him to sign up today.
EMAIL RYAN > RyanM@christchapelbc.org