There are a lot of things to value about a faith-based graduate study journey, and there is one that I am particularly thankful for this week: time allotted to simply hearing and reflecting on the Word of God. That’s where the inspiration for today’s post comes from.
“He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” (Ephesians 4:16, NLT)
There are two questions that surface for me from the above verse.
What is our special work together as God’s chosen people? What is my special work?
How easy or hard is it for you to answer those two questions? Is there one where the answer comes more easily? For me, I tend to find answering the question about God’s people easier and I can often wrestle with figuring out what “my special part” is.
But here’s the thing: we all have a “special work” to do! That thrills me! To think that God has uniquely placed me in the world to do “special work” on his behalf is energizing! And it’s got some desired outcomes:
- Our “special work” contributes to the growth of the whole
- Our “special work” contributes to the health of the whole
- Our “special work” promotes growing us up together in love
I don’t know about you, but when I reflect on just some of the outcomes of what can happen when I am uniquely me and doing my special work, it amazes me. It reminds me that my life, your life, has a purpose. It allows me to look at others and delight in what they bring with them (their gifts, talents, and passions) when they enter the room. Each of us is unique and has been given special abilities.
Let me ask you, are you doing your special work? Do you know what it is?
Let’s be faithful today to show up in whatever context we’re in and ask God for the grace and empowerment to do what he has invited us to do – our special work. And let’s do it from a place of understanding that we are not what we do. Rather, we show up because we have Jesus at the center of our lives.
Be blessed today as you walk with Christ, experience the love of the Father, and keep in step with the Spirit.
Carmen, through teaching, speaking, pastoring, blogging, and podcasting, invests in others so they can lead and live better. She is the founder of LEAD Women Ministries, ordained with the PAOC, an Associate Pastor at Westside Pentecostal Church, holds an MA in Leadership & Management, and she can often be found collaborating with other leaders or organizations on projects where there are outcomes to grow people’s confidence, competence, and character.