You and Aaron are to count according to their divisions all the men in Israel who are twenty years old or more and able to serve in the army…. (Numbers 1:3).
All of us have a specific role to play in God’s kingdom. Sometimes that role seems small and pointless. Sometimes our role shrinks in the eyes of man as God gives us a different part to play. Sometimes we feel like we never quite play the role the right way, so instead of playing it, we bow down to fear and never fulfill what God is asking of us.
It’s so easy to allow things like pride, fear of failure, exhaustion or jealousy to keep us from playing our part in God’s Kingdom. I know for many years I kept aspiring to play someone else’s part. I used to daydream about being a good singer or having a stage like Beth Moore to preach from. In my pride, I’d sit back and watch others serve, but think in that back of my mind that I could do better than them.
Ouch, all of that now, looking back feels so gross, but that’s just where my heart was at the time. You see, what we need more is not people who fight for the bigger role, but people who are willing to play their part even if that simply means that you’re doing things that do not get you any recognition from the outside.
My life currently consists of round the clock breastfeeding, diaper changing and soothing a crying baby. This is extremely non-glamorous work. It is work that is done behind the scenes. Tiny little drops of grace that I’m placing into a bucket only seen by my Heavenly Father. There’s no stage for me to shine from, no messages to preach or programs to facilitate. There’s simply one little life that I’ve been given to pour into.
Friends, embrace the place God has put you. Trust me, at the end of the day no pat on the back from those around you will be of much significance, because when you’re doing your Father’s work, He is eternally pleased with you. For that, we can rejoice and be glad.
Father, thank you for this place that you have put me. Thank you for the small stage I have right now. It is one little life and I want to be faithful in how I live in this season to love, honor and cherish the place which you have called me, in Jesus name, Amen.