“BEING IN YOUR PLACE”
“But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.” (I Corinthians 12:18) “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:17)
While I was in the Navy, I, like so many others, often complained about being so far away from home (I was stationed in Sasebo, Japan). My immediate supervisor would often counter with these not so comforting words, “Well, Parker,” he would say, “everybody has to be somewhere, so here you are.” I did not really consider his comment as words of wisdom, but in fact, that is just what they were. I have used these same words on others many times since those days, especially since I have been in the ministry.Pastor H. Preston Parker
We have a classic example of some folks being in their place regarding their fellowship and service to the Lord Jesus Christ in Luke 10:38-42. This is the story of Mary and Martha, whom Jesus often visited during His journeys. Martha, Mary and Lazarus, their brother, were dear friends of Jesus and any time He would stop in for a visit, they ministered to Him and sought to refresh Him with food and conversation. On this particular occasion, Martha was busy with much serving, probably preparing, cooking, cleaning, etc. Mary was content to sit at the feet of Jesus as He spoke the Word. This disturbed Martha because she was doing all the physical labor, while Mary lounged on the floor listening to Jesus, not even offering to help her busy sister. Well, Martha took notice of this scene and requested Jesus to tell Mary to get up and help her. Jesus had also taken notice of this scene as well and replied to Martha, “...Martha, Martha, thou art careful (full of care) and troubled (overwhelmed, burdened) about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41,42). Jesus was simply saying, “Everyone has a place to be and a service to perform.” Jesus recognized the strength of Martha was in her physical contribution, while Mary’s strength was to listen and to learn so that she would be able to serve others out of her strength in the days ahead. Did Jesus see one part as being more important or more honorable than the other? No, for Martha not to be involved in the physical service would have meant that Jesus would not have had the food for physical refreshment to sustain Him as He continued His journey.
To summarize this illustration, Everyone has a particular place of value and service to the Lord. Everyone has a place to be in order to carry out God’s plan and purpose for our lives. You may be saying, “I don’t know exactly what I should be doing.” Everyone does not need to be involved in the physical aspects of the ministry, although there are times when you can surely help. Not everyone is gifted (or willing) in the areas of cooking, cleaning, painting, repairing, driving, ushering, nursery keeping, etc., etc. On the other hand, not everyone can be a teacher, a preacher, a singer, a pianist, an event organizer, a visitation encourager, etc., etc. But we can all do something, and we should for the glory of God and for the edifying of the church. We need to find our place and do what is expected of us. “...but understanding what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:17b). The things we are to do should always complement each other, and they will if we know that this is where the Lord has placed us to please Him.
Christian, are you in your place? Remember, you will never have the peace of God that passes all understanding unless you are in the place He wants you to be.