“In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t. If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else; if you help, just help, don’t take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy; if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate; if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face.”
Romans 12:4-6 (MSG)
Comparison often gets the better of us, and it can sometimes lead us to not see the value of the current “Street” we are occupying and the people that are in our world. This is what happened to me when I found myself stuck in an entry-level job in my late 20s, feeling under-appreciated and overlooked for many, many months. I found myself complaining about life and complaining about the things that weren’t in my hands and comparing my life to what I saw others doing in their lives. I was consumed by comparison and I saw my own life as not mattering that much. One day, the Holy Spirit reminded me that maybe my “role” wasn’t really about the “role” but about the people I was meant to love and serve around me. My life had meaning because there were people in my world who needed the love of Jesus and they might only see that love through my life and through my interactions with them. That shifted the perspective of my job being a “menial” entry-level job to one that was built around serving those at my work place.
Wherever you find yourself today, whatever street you are occupying, God has you there for a purpose, and that purpose is to be his hands and feet of love and hope to the people on your street. If your street is occupying your school, there are girls there to whom only you can bring God’s love. If your street is in the business world, you might be the only person to bring God’s light into your next meeting. If your street is being a stay-at-home mom, you don’t know what impact you are having on the next generation. Comparison loses its grip when we realize that we all have a street to occupy. There are people in your world that will need you living fully in your place in influence and living out your God calling there!
TIME TO THINK
1. Who are the people in your life that Jesus might be calling you to serve and love on your street?
2. Is there a simple perspective shift to see the people around you that could change your whole outlook on your current season?
Father, may you help me today to see the people that you’ve place in my world the way that you see them. Help me today to not take the “street” that you’ve called me to occupy for granted but help me to have your heart for the people in my world today. In Jesus name, Amen.