“I would hope that the Christian businessman or woman, whether lowest on the corporate totem pole or the chief executive officer, would be distinguished from the rest not only by conscientious work but also by graciousness, by simple kindness, by an unassuming manliness or modest womanliness, and above all by a readiness to serve…even if that means serving coffee instead of serving on the committee you were itching to join.”
-Elisabeth Elliot, On Asking God Why
Nowadays, our churches offer so many options. There are so many classes from which to choose. If you don’t like one, you can change your mind and find another one. Whatever works for you is what you do!
While options can be a good thing, sometimes I think Christians can fall into the trap of only doing what they want to do. This can play a part in areas of service as well. Sure, we will serve at church, but only where we want to serve.
The Bible talks about how each believer has been given a spiritual gift.
1 Peter says: “God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.”
He gave us these gifts so that we can serve each other. But, sometimes it’s seems as if we use our spiritual gifts as a license not to serve. For example, let’s say person A has the gift of “administration.” They might use the excuse that “it’s not their job to serve coffee at church because they should be used to do another task...a task they deem as more important.” But, the fact of the matter is: person A just does not want to serve coffee. God could, in fact, use someone with the gift of administration to serve coffee, as He could use another person with any other gift. He didn't give us our spiritual gifts so that we could pick and choose what jobs we want to do with them. He gave us our spiritual gifts so that we could better serve one another in whatever jobs are needed to be done. So, in whatever job we are doing, we can use our spiritual gift to serve each other. Our gifts are not given to us to give us a way out, but to help us serve more effectively.