She was an old widow. She stayed in the temple, all of her days were spent worshiping, praying and fasting. What? Who does that? The prophetess Anna did (Luke 2: 36-38).To some this might seem like a small purpose but her reward was that she was one of the first persons to see Jesus when he was brought to the temple to be blessed.
She was able to be a witness to the prophet Simeon declaring that this baby was the promised Messiah. Then she had the honor of telling everyone who she came in contact with what she had witnessed. She received a great reward.
Her story got me thinking. What if God’s purpose for you is not on the scale of what man considers to be grand? What if it involves being in the background when you’ve always wanted to be in the spotlight. Could you be obedient to His will in light of that? Could you give up your dream of glitz and glamour and fame?
What if his purpose for you is to be the one in the background doing what might not seem outstanding to you but at the end of the day is absolutely necessary for the building of God’s kingdom? Maybe you are not the one to be on the stage, the face that gets known. But even the face that gets known requires a solid team. What if your purpose is to be a part of that solid team? To make the team solid.
Can you hang backstage instead of being on stage? Can you fade into the background instead of being in the spotlight? What if your peace depends on you being satisfied with a smaller piece? What if your peace is found in humbling yourself and not exalting your self?
Some purposes might seem less grand but at the end of the day God has a great reward for all of us. We get to be a part of building up of the body of Christ, of seeing others find hope, peace and unconditional love. We get to see others come out of their struggles and and find salvation and live for God.
If you find that what you are doing seems small in the grand scheme of things, take note of 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, when Paul spoke about the the body of Christ as being one, with each person having a role to play in the building up of the body. He compares the human body to the body of Christ and the necessity of each part and highlights the importance of the seemingly insignificant parts.
Here are some ways that the passage reminds us that we matter:
- We all have different gifts and talents (vs 29 & 30)
- Who you are in Christ is who God wants you to be ( vs 18)
- You leave a role unfulfilled if you do not do you part ( vs 17)
- The body of Christ is very diverse (vs 14)
- Everyone’s piece of the puzzle is important (vs 21)
- We are all working toward the same end goal (vs 7)
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the part that you have given me to play in the body of Christ. Thank you that my purpose is significant to the building up of the body of Christ, whether it is seems great or small in my eyes. Lord, help me to be content with the purposes that you have for my life. Help me to accept the mantle that You have given me and not seek to be exalted doing what others are called to do, in Jesus name. Amen.