I must be dreaming. I’m about to try out for the high school drama team. One man is there, in charge of the auditions. Another young man is there. We seem to be in competition, and are each given a snippet of a script to read, a test of our talents. It’s over in a blur. Oh, no! Wait! I didn’t do well. I know I can do better. I know it’s inside of me! I want another chance… No second chances are being given. A kindly lady is suddenly there, leading us away. It’s time to find out who won. I sense it won’t be me. I didn’t really prove what I am capable of. A longing deep inside of me is being crushed.
We are in a room with other people, all waiting, all wanting… First, the young man. “You are going to be our spiritual advisor and prayer captain,” the kindly lady is telling him. Huh! I didn’t know high school drama teams had prayer captains! He won’t be on stage, and I find myself hoping he isn’t disappointed.
Next, a young girl is told, “You’ll be twins.” Even as I am wondering how they will pull that off, it’s explained, “You’re very independent twins. Only one of you will be on the stage at a time.” Oh! Brilliant! She’s cute, with red hair, freckles and a perky personality. I’m thinking she will do well.
Now it’s my turn. I know the kind lady will find a gentle way to send me home. “Congratulations,” she says. “Welcome to the team. I really do hope you win an award.” Before I have time to get overly ecstatic, I am awake, and thinking that it is good it was only a dream. After all, a grandmother really shouldn’t even be on a high school drama team, let alone walk off with an award!
My thoughts turn to the similarity between this odd dream – and the body of Christ. Although sometimes it can feel like we are in competition with each other, the truth is that we are on the same team. Just as there is room for all at the foot of the cross, there is room for all to minister. God makes room for each one, just as surely as He gives the gifts and talents to begin with. He has created each one of us to be special and unique, with uniquely special gifts and talents. Then He fits us together as a body, a team, working together with Him for His purposes. All are useful, and have useful talents as He supplies. He doesn’t ‘send anyone home’. God bless you today as you explore your gifts and usefulness to Him!
1 Corinthians 12: 4 – 14, NASB
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills. For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many.