If you were a piece of candy, what type would you be? Personally, I think I'd be some type of mystery flavor candy. Not because I think I'm oh-so-mysterious and chic. I don't have a good poker face at all (and even if I did, I'm one of those blurt-out-the-obvious kind of people). No, I say that because I tend to be kind of random and the things I do or say can be kind of sporadic. I laugh at inappropriate times, get frustrated one day by something which would've never fazed me the day before, have a sense of humor most people don't get, and can be what I like to call an introverted extrovert (or is it the other way around?). I love going to parties, hanging out with tons of people or just a few, being go go go. But when I'm home, I spend a lot of time holed away in my bedroom writing, watching YouTube videos, reading aloud or singing to myself in ridiculous voices, or dancing to music (hello, my name is Christy, I am weird, and I'm okay with that).
I'm unique, and if you haven't guessed it, so are you. We all are, actually.
We are all different, we all have different strengths and weaknesses, different
things that are good and bad about us, just like different types of candy. God
made each one of us especially like that, so that we could serve the purpose
He's planned for each of us. We read in 1
Corinthians 12:12-27 how God designed all of us to serve a special purpose
in the Body of Christ. Paul wrote this to the Corinthians to help them
understand that each gift is important and necessary to the Body of Christ,
even if some appear to be better than others. Just like if our own bodies were
made up of just one type of body part, other functions would be missing, so the
church would be missing valuable skills if we all had the same gifts. Imagine
if we were all awesome singers, but none of us were good servants. We'd have
the biggest choir ever, but the church would be a mess, and our outreach
programs in shambles. Or if we were all awesome at teaching, but none of us
were good at organizing and taking care of day-to-day operations. Our Sunday
school classes might be the best around, but we'd be teaching in cold, dark
rooms because the electric and heating bills would've gone unpaid.
I know, sometimes we think some gifts that others have , especially the
"showy" gifts like preaching, leading, singing, etc., are so much better
than the “behind the scenes” ones like serving, compassion, tech, etc. But
really, the ones you've been given are the best for you. It doesn't matter so
much what gift you received, but how you use it. Are you using your talents,
resources, personality, to further God's kingdom? Or are you using them to
further your own ends, forgetting about your duty to the Kingdom? Or are you
not using them at all, but just frittering away your time watching movies? Just
think. God has a job waiting for you that only you can do. Isn't that amazing?
He has chosen to let you be in on His grand scheme, and has given you the gifts
and skills you need to accomplish part of His task for Him. What a privilege!
Think about that next time you're bemoaning not having your sister's awesome
public speaking skills but instead being able to solve four digit multiple
number multiplication equations in your head. You might never hold a crowd's
undivided attention, but you might find a source for renewable energy instead.
Father, thank You for the gifts You've given us. Please help us to use
them to serve you. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
What type of candy would you be and why? Let me know in the comments!