Different by Design

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. Romans 12:3-6 (NIV)

images[7]Do you feel the squeezing effect from the unrealistic expectations of other people? Perhaps they expect you to be all knowing and have all the answers. Even still, they may be quick to point out your areas of weakness but are not willing to share their giftedness with you. Perhaps they are mere spectators using your shortcomings as a means to elevate themselves. Come to think of it, you may have been that person who imposed unrealistic expectations on others a time or two.

The truth of the matter is that we were not designed to be an island of one. Many times we look upon others as having shortcomings, when in fact they are not weaknesses; they simply were not gifted with that strength on purpose. Christianity is best depicted when we link arms with others and serve in unison based on our area of giftedness.

The next time you see someone who does not bear your strengths, perhaps you should consider if that is God’s invitation for you to join in and utilize your strengths for His glory. Nevertheless, even though it requires a willingness and effort on your part to exercise that strength, we should never take credit because that strength didn’t originate from within but from God Himself. To God be the Glory!


Lord, thank You for making us interdependent by design. Help me to never use my strengths as a means to elevate self but to surrender them to be used freely in unison with others.

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