Recently I started playing Arena of Valor. I’ve never been good at MOBAs until I found this one. Not to brag, but I’m pretty good at playing Valhein. I’ve gotten several MVPs and Legendary matches playing as this character. Since I like winning, this is a lot of fun for me. The only problem is two players cannot play the same character. When someone else chooses Valhein before I do, I have to pick a different character. I’ve been practicing very hard at getting good with warrior characters. I’ve played different warrior characters and even some mages in an attempt to be helpful to my team, but almost every time I played a character other than Valhein, my team would lose.
We often feel this way when we serve at church. There are many areas where the church needs help. Sometimes we feel we should serve just because we are available, and not because God called us. We want to be helpful, but if we are not gifted to do something, then we might be hurting the church instead of helping.
In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul talks about spiritual gifts by comparing the church to a body. A body has many parts, and each part is necessary for the body to function properly. If our foot decided to be a hand, then we would not be able to walk.
Our spiritual gifts function in the same way. In verses 29-30 Paul says, “Are we all apostles? Are we all prophets? Are we all teachers? Do we all have the power to do miracles? Do we all have the gift of healing? De we all have the ability to speak in unknown languages? Do we all have the ability to interpret unknown languages? Of course not!”
If everyone had the same gifts, then many areas would be neglected. Some jobs may seem less glamorous, but if no one made the coffee Sunday morning then people would definitely notice. Filling in when no one else is available is sometimes necessary, but when we stay in a position out of obligation and not out of God’s calling, not only are we neglecting where God wants us to serve, but we are taking the spot of whoever God has called to serve there.
Earnestly seek not where you feel others want you to serve, but where God has gifted and called you to serve. Only when everyone does this can the body of Christ function as God intended it to. Be content with the gifts God has given you, even if it’s playing a supporting character. Not all of us need to be Warriors.