Exercise Your Strengths or Improve your Weaknesses?
Romans 12:3 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 measure of faith God has given you. 4 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. 7 If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8 if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
I often find myself comparing myself to other pastors. Why isn't our work growing faster? Why don't I speak as well as that pastor does? Should I visit the sick more often or spend time in study? Should I work on the web or the blog or head up a service project?
I think passage is a good reminder that the church is a body. We have different parts and different gifts. We need to let people with different gifts be different. And we don't need to feel guilty when we don't possess someone else's gifts.