138. Which Role?

Note from The Storyteller:  If you have not read entries 1-137, do so.  There is much insight that will help you as you walk toward spiritual maturity.  All of the entries can be found at the following website:  https://www.waiting4thetrain.com/.  Also, feel free to forward this email to everyone you think would be interested in reading this blog.

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“Do you watch many basketball games?” Stan asked.

“Once in a while,” I replied.  “It’s not my favorite thing.  I prefer baseball.”

“I love basketball,” Stan said.  “It is a real treat for me to see how well the players fill their respective roles.”

Continuing, he said, “There are a lot of parallels to the Christian life, whether we are talking basketball, baseball, or any team sport.”

“Help me here, Stan,” I replied.

“Well, with the basketball or baseball team — and the key word is ‘team’ — there are different positions and roles to be filled.”

“If all of the basketball players were big and tall and wanted to play near the basket, there wouldn’t be anyone to bring the ball up the court and pass it around.”

“Or if all of the baseball players wanted to be pitchers there wouldn’t be anyone to catch the ball.”

“They all have individual roles and each one has to accept his or her role and work together for the best results.”

Continuing, Stan said, “It is just like in the church.  We can’t all be the pastor and teacher.  We can’t all be the usher. We can’t all be the one who serves communion.  Each one has a role to play for the best result.”

“O.K., I get it,” I said, “but how am I supposed to figure out my role?”

“For me,” Stan continued, “just like everything else in my Christian walk, it is a matter of getting self out of the way.”

“I need to pray to be open to the Lord’s leading.”

“And,” he continued, “I need to follow that leading and be willing to step in where needed.”

“I need to be flexible and humble,” Stan said.  “And the humble part is real important.  What the Lord has for me to do may not be in accord with what I think I should be doing”

“I need to listen and be obedient to what He wants in order to fill the role He has for me.”

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For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ.  1 Corinthians 12:12.

Prayer:  Lord, thank you for wanting to use me as part of your church.  I ask you to open me to see how it is you want to use me.  Please, Lord, lead me in not being reticent to help in whatever way I can.  Help me in getting out of your way so you can lead me.  And please, Lord,  help me to follow.  Thank you I can and do come before you with these prayers in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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