A blogger friend spoke recently about her young son, coming from his room one morning wearing a Superman cape, a Spiderman body suit, and an Iron Man mask. As ridiculous as he looked, he still considered himself "All Man."
Her blog continued with a confession that she realized she was trying to be the same thing, and it's not really possible. How about you? Do you find yourself so wrapped up in saving this or that situation, or solving problems for this person or that person, or even being a helper in the completion of every project or job that comes along? If you answer in the positive, then you have a huge following.
For those who find themselves in such a dilemma, you already know you cannot accomplish everything by yourself. As much as you might like to be Superman, you will eventually get tired. Even Spiderman has his limitations.
All this leads me to thinking about those in the church who are so energetic and volunteer for everything that comes along, but then are spread so thin with their time they cannot be successful in accomplishing anything. I know this describes lots of lives.......even mine. We have the tendency to want to be "Mr. Hero" in everything!
Allow me to insert here that in the church, the whole body functioning and working together is still the way Paul says right things get done and good things happen for every member of the body. Danger enters the picture when we overload ourselves, trying to make sure nothing happens without our involvement.
The New Testament explains the spiritual gifts we are given and expected to use for the benefit of the whole church family. It further details our gifts as being "gifts that differ." Some members will be talented in one area while other members are motivated to serve in other areas. This is not to say we only have one spiritual gift. Some may be gifted in several areas, so they should be actively using their talents and gifts. Remember, it's not so we can be Mr. Hero in everything, but that we can give glory to God for the accomplishments which are made.
From 1 Corinthians 12 (The Message), "…your body has many parts - but no matter how many parts you can name, you’re still one body.…we all said good-bye to our partial and piecemeal lives. We each used to independently call our own shots, but then we entered into a large and integrated life in which He has the final say in everything.”
May God bless your work in His Kingdom. Paul reminds us in Ephesians 2:10, "For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."