I think that I can easily look at someone in a certain role and know that there is no way I could do what they do. My doctor or dentist for example. While I have a great deal of respect for them and could dream all day about becoming a doctor, I'm not willing to go back to school and dedicate my life to medicine the way they do. That and all the bodily fluids would...well...it would not be good.
There are other times, though that I look at a person and think I actually could do what they do. I might even wonder how a person got the position they did. Not that they aren't doing a good job but more a thought of how they got there in the first place. Do you ever wonder that?
For instance, I recently accepted a volunteer position at church. Now to be fair to myself, I do have several gifts that make me a good fit for it. But to be even more fair, there a lot of people that have similar or better gifts to do the job. So, why me?
One word has been coming to my mind over and over.
As a matter of fact, I was told last week that my willingness to be flexible, learn and grow was actually one of the qualifications most appreciated.
So, this begs the question. Should a person who is more willing but with less qualifications get the job?
Well, in the case of the doctor - certainly not.
In the kingdom of God - most definitely.
I'm reading through 2 Corinthians right now. I've been fascinated recently by Paul and his ministry.
Yesterday, while reading through it, I got to a passage in 2 Corinthians 8: 10-12 where Paul is talking to the church of Corinth about matters of money. He's talking about how they gave to each other with sincerity. Not based on what they have or didn't have but just because they wanted to help each other out. They didn't compare their gifts to one another, they just gave from their hearts.
It occurs to me that a willing heart could be better than any gift you bring to this world. Especially when it comes to doing God's work.
In 2 Corinthians 8:12 he says
For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.
Just like that, God confirmed my thoughts on willingness. I love it when he does that.
Being willing is not always easy, though.
Willingness to grow means you might have to be willing to change.
Willingness to lead means you have to be willing to take responsibility.
Willingness to risk means you might have to be willing to make a mistake and be criticized.
Willingness to share your life means you will have to be willing to be vulnerable.
Willingness to serve means you will have to be willing to sacrifice time in other areas of your life.
Willingness to trust God to fill in where skill is lacked. Willingness to see all the cool stuff God does through you? Yeah, I'm totally up for that.
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