But What About Me?

He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.

Luke 10:2

Nothing makes people more selfish than money and food. People can hoard these things like a stack of newspapers on a horrific hoardersepisode of Hoarders. If we don’t have it all then we don’t have enough. Pharaoh, in Genesis 41-47, thought the same thing. Early on Pharaoh was given a dream warning of the upcoming famine that was coming. So what did he and Joseph do? They piled up all of the food and money in the land (except that belonging to the priests). When people came to them for food they expected payment from people they already taken money from. These people had nothing left to buy food with so what else does Joseph do? Tell him he will take his livestock in exchange for food. Although God sent that dream to warn them of the impending famine, was that the attitude they were supposed to take? Gather all the food and money in the land and then take your people’s livestock if they have nothing left to buy the food they helped grow?!

Lysa Terkeurst wrote in her book Uninvited some pretty amazing truth that hit me like a ton of bricks:

‘If I look at my dreams, desires, and hopes for the future as coming from a place of scarcity and the world’s limited supply, it will constantly feed the notion that someone else’s success is a threat to mine.’

 So many times we do this in ministry as well. We don’t have the attitude of Luke 10:2

He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.

The harvest is plentiful! selfish-toys It seems like we can have this Only-Me attitude and act like a 3 year old with their new dollies. All the work can and only will be done by me. Don’t come hoard in on my ministry. Thoughts like ‘What if they do it better?’ or ‘What if they try to push me out of what I have worked so hard on?’ creep in. Instead of this attitude of the harvest being plentiful we start to think that work is scarce.

Or we can have the Why-Me attitude and act like nobody needs what we have to offer. There is no room for me in the harvest field. What I have to offer somebody else already does way better. Thoughts that you have nothing different or specials to offer creep in. Instead of having the Harvest-is-Plentiful attitude, we have the Work-is-Scarce attitude.

Both attitudes breed the same thoughts, that the success of other people will hinder the success of myself or that there will be or is no room for me. Both attitudes are dead wrong.

We were each individually, fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of our Great Creator. He has a purpose for each of us to fulfill. In 1 Corinthians 12:12-22 we read:

12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. 15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,

Let’s look at our hands. We typically have ten fingers, five on each hand. Although we have ten, each one is unique from the others. Your pink can’t do the same thing as your thumb. If your index finger was missing, you would indeed miss it. They all serve a purpose although they are similar. There is room for them all. Just like our fingers, even though there are multiple people out there that can write, teach, sing, play music, visit sick people, uplift, etc each one holds a special uniqueness that is needed for the whole body of Christ to function at it’s fullest potential. The work is so abundantly full in this world that needs to be completed, we need all parts to join in. Even though 90 other people have the same gift set as you, you are needed. You are unique in what you can offer. You are not disposable. God certainly doesn’t see you as something disposable. You were created for your own unique purpose. There is so much work to be done and God created you to fulfill a portion of it. Each part of the body has a purpose and a job. He needs you to step up and be part of the body you were created to be.

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