I’m from Southern Idaho where farmers grow lots of potatoes (surprise!) and beans. In the summer, when I travel home to visit family, I like driving to the edge of town to look out over the fields. There is something peaceful about them. I once spoke with a woman who reminded me of these big, beautiful squares of green.
“Why isn’t God promoting me like others?” she asked. “My friend is doing all the things I want to do and it seems no matter how hard I try, God never allows me to succeed.”
As she spoke, a picture of a farmer’s field popped into my mind and I thought, God’s kingdom is like a field and each of us in His kingdom have been given specific assignment(s) to accomplish for Him. We all have a place in the kingdom. We all belong.
The Lord has given some of us a large patch of ground to work. It’s noticeable. We’re influential and others admire the work we do. Others have been given a smaller patch. We work behind the scenes as a support. But all assignments in God’s kingdom are important, because all assignments have been strategically and purposefully given by God—and He doesn’t make mistakes or do anything without reason.
We get into emotional and spiritual trouble when we start to think:
I don’t have a place.
My place isn’t important.
I am not making an impact, because I’m not making an impact like the person working next to me.
My place doesn’t matter because others are doing more (or they’re doing it better).
In Romans 12:4-8, Scripture demolishes these lies. (Please note the highlighted phrases)
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.
If you have ever felt like my friend, remember that according to this passage. . .
~You have a been given a place to work in God’s field
~Your place is assigned by God
~Your place matters
~Your place isn’t the same as your friend’s or mate’s or neighbor’s (You can stop comparing yourself to others)
~God has given you the grace you need to accomplish your assignment, not to accomplish someone else’s
As you go about your work today and serve Christ in your place of employment or as you use your spiritual gifts, be encouraged. You matter and what you do makes a difference.