“You’re no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together.”
-Ephesians 2:19-22, MSG
Pride is a dangerous thing. It seems part of the human condition to want to puff ourselves up, which often requires putting someone else down. Because we are not fully convinced of our own worth, we try to manufacture something that’s actually already been given to us. A free gift we keep trying to buy.
How do we stop this type of behavior? Let’s consider what this verse tells us:
As Jesus-followers, we receive the title of Christian. No earning required.
It doesn’t matter when or where we got it, or how long we’ve had it.
We’re useful to the building of His Church.
We must believe that these things are true in order to stave our pride.
We don’t have to measure ourselves next to each other. We don’t have to jockey for any particular position or prove that we’re better than anyone else. Jesus has already deemed you as useful just because you are you.
Jesus is for you using your gifts and talents. He’s given them to every single one of us, no doubt. No gift is better than another. They are all necessary. They are all crucial. Northpoint is for you using these God-given gifts, too.
Knowing this is no competition, we can embrace the gifts He’s given us and use them for those who know Him and those who don’t. Together, we get to build something with Him that is extraordinary, bold, and brave.
What are the gifts God has given me? How am I using them? How else might God be asking me to use my gifts as Northpoint grows?
Jesus, help me to receive what You have given me so that I can further Your plan for your Church. Show me how valuable You’ve made me so that I might give of myself freely. Amen.