But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood
and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself
from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use,
and prepared unto every good work (2 Tim.2:20-21).
Maybe you've heard the story of the father who raised his son to play football. From
the time the boy could hold a ball, it seemed he had one in his hand. For countless years
the father would spend day after day teaching his son the game--preparing him for the day
he would shine, get his lucky break, and be drafted by a professional level team. But
something goes wrong with the father's plan--the boy develops a natural artistic talent
that draws him away from football and toward a career as a graphic artist. The boy had
tried to please his father and played football for a while, but a day came when he could
not deny himself any longer. He could not deny his abilities, talents and purposes for
which God had made him.
We consider all that we are and have to be by the grace of God. For we know "Every
good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights,
with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning" (James 1:17). As we look at
who we are, we must consider natural talents and abilities; we must consider personality
traits and we must consider our limitations. We would not expect a young man to become a
mechanic if he had no mechanical aptitude; and we would not expect someone to lead music
in church if the person could not carry a tune. So also we should discern our calling
wisely, knowing that God has equipped us with far more than knowledge alone. For He has
been equipping us for our purpose early on, developing all aspects of our person for a
In determining our place where God would have us, we might do well to consider that we are
more than spirit, and that God has called us to minister to humans who are also more than
spirit. We are not defined by our spiritual person alone and therefore should not let that
be the only part of us from which we serve God. The Lord desires that we serve Him with
our entire person, not just the spiritual part. Our talents, aptitudes, personality and
gifts are to all be used to glorify God--acknowledging therein that He is the giver of all
good things--not ignoring any one aspect because it does not seem spiritual enough.
There are many of us who become Christians and then desire to serve God whole-hearted.
Some of us are called to preach, sing, or minister in the church in a full-time Church
vocation. But most of us are not. However, we are all called to be what God has made us to
be. So while some of us have been fashioned for full-time church work, others of us have
been fashioned for something else. Some of us have simply not been equipped to be a Church
Minister--though all of us have been called to minister. Most of us have not been called
to be Evangelists--yet all of us have been called to evangelize.
It is so important for the entire body of Christ, and for you yourself, that we all get
this. For there have been so many that want to serve God with there whole heart and have
felt that the only way they could do that is by surrendering to full-time Christian Work.
Yet, there are so many who become miserable because, although there intentions are good,
they are not functioning as God had intended. We all have a purpose, and it is not our job
to discard our position in favor of what appears to our eyes and the eyes of mankind to be
a more nobler purpose--we are simply to be what we have been made to be--that's all God
expects. To do otherwise is to let down ourselves, our church and our Lord.
Be all you can be--but be what He has fashioned you for.