For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10).
So what is your superpower? Everyone has one. I can see some of you shaking your heads right now: “Nuh uh; not me – I don’t have any talents.” Translation: I can’t sing, play an instrument or preach or prayer flowery prayers so I don’t have anything to offer so that lets me off the hook. Uh, nope; don’t think so. In this family our Father has given each of us something to do. Our verse tells us that not only were we created to do good works, but God has planned those works our ahead of time for us. It’s sorta kinda like God’s to-do list and every task has a name beside it, one of which is yours. Now, it’s not some dreadful chore list that with shrinking hearts and woeful sighs we have to complete. It’s more like He’s drawing us into His world, giving us a place, making us a part what He’s up to; it’s a privilege not a punishment.
So maybe you can’t sing or play an instrument or preach. Can you smile? Do you have a way of making people feel welcome, encouraged, or motivated? There’s a place for you. Do you have a knack with color and design? Do you like to make things? Do you love to throw parties? There’s a place for you. Do you enjoy telling stories? Do you love to laugh and make others laugh? Do you have fun making things neat and sparkling clean (yes, there are people who are like that. I had a friend who got a kick out of taking chaos and bringing order, so he would come do my dishes for me when my kids were small.) Do you adore kids? Can you whip up a feast fit for a king? There’s a place for you. Do you have an affinity for numbers and finances or charts and lists? Can you tame piles of paperwork, type like a pro or juggle multiple things at the same time? Do people talk to you all the time because you are a good listener? There’s a place for you. Can you drive? Can you fix or build things? Do you have a kind compassion for the elderly or at risk adults? Are you alive and breathing and willing to learn and pitch in when needed? There’s a place for you.
I won’t lie and say doing the works that God has your name on is always easy. It does require some effort on your part. You do have to get up and do something, but I assure you it’s worth the effort both in the here and now and the there and then. But God in you, God with you makes you more than able to do what He’s tasked you with. Jesus said “For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good—not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne. Matthew 11:30 AMP The Message version puts it this way: “Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” It’s the difference between painting a barn with a toothbrush or with a super-charged spray painting machine. When you try to wear someone else’s yoke, when you try to do something you aren’t fitted for, or when you try to do something in your own strength it becomes arduous. When you do those works that God has given you to do and equipped you for with the power and grace He gives you it is a joy and blessing to you, your church family, and God.
So again, I ask you – what is your superpower? If you aren’t sure ask God to show you. Think about what interests you, what lights your inner fire and gets you going. Then talk to your pastors or lay leaders and see how your superpower can be expressed in your church family. I want to conclude with this great mini devotional by Christine Caine.
“It’s easy to become overwhelmed with all the need we see in our world today. But we must understand that we are only responsible for the good works God has called us to do.
We can’t do everything, but we can each do ONE thing.
You just might be the someONE that somebody is waiting for!”
(c) Christine Caine Used with Permission christinecaine.com