The Position that Pleases God

Saturday, November 21, 2009 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

1 Corinthians 12:15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? 18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. 19 And if they were all one member, where would the body be?

We live in a society where too many people are discontent for a lack of understanding their roles and gifts. As a teen, I remember having a friend who wore Dallas Cowboys jerseys nearly everyday that bore the number and name of his favorite player. Not only that, but he made it known to everyone that he was going to be a Dallas Cowboy one day. However, my friend was physically frail and not given to working out.

We all admire the power of a dream, but we have to also consider God's purpose and our position. Considering the text, if the eye wants to be an ear, or if the ear wants to be a nose, both individual and collective purpose will suffer. This is true for one's vocation and especially for God's church.

This looks like a person who insists on singing solo when he/she doesn't have gifting and grace for that position. That would be counterproductive for the person, congregation and for any visitors present. Even believers sometimes become discontent for a lack of understanding of their roles and gifts. There are also issues of character that sometimes prevent release into certain areas.

The best thing to do is to first recognize that God sets members in the body (of Christ) as it pleases Him. Find the position that brings pleasure to God. You'll know it when you get close to it. Second, is to pray about God's direction while seeking Godly counsel. There are people who can help you. Let them help you.

Third, but not last, is to exercise diligence in those areas where your desire meets your abilities. Virtually everyday, highly accomplished people do something related to their purpose and function in a way that reflects their position.