Do you want your life to be marked by significance? Do you sometimes feel like even though you want your life to have significance, you just don’t have the tools or skills for it – that you aren’t equipped for significance?
Maybe you even feel a little bit like the customer who called the computer helpline:
Customer: I’m having trouble with my computer.
Helpline: What sort of trouble?
Customer: Well I was just typing along all of a sudden, the words went away.
Helpline: Went away?
Customer: They disappeared.
Helpline: Hmm, so what does your screen say right now?
Customer: It’s blank. It won’t accept anything when I type.
Helpline: Can you move your cursor around the screen?
Customer: There isn’t any cursor. I told you it won’t accept anything I type.
Helpline: Does your monitor have a power indicator?
Customer: What’s the monitor?
Helpline: It’s the thing with the screen on it that looks like a TV. Does it have a little light to tell you when it’s on?
Customer: I don’t know.
Helpline: Well, go look at the back of the monitor and find where the power cord goes into it. Can you see that?
Customer: Yes, I think so.
Helpline: Great. Follow the cord to the plug and tell me if it’s plugged into the wall.
Customer: Yes, it is.
Helpline: When you were behind the monitor, did you notice that there were two cables plugged into the back of it - not just one?
Helpline: Well there are, I’ll need you to look back there again and find the other cable.
Customer: Ok here it is.
Helpline: Follow it for me and tell me if it’s plugged securely into the back of your computer.
Customer: I can’t reach.
Helpline: Uh huh – well, can you see if it is?
Helpline: Even if you put your knee on something and lean way over?
Customer: Oh, it’s not because I don’t have the right angle, it’s because it’s dark.
Customer: Yes, the office light is off and the only light I have is coming in from the window.
Helpline: Well turn on the light and then.
Customer: I can’t.
Helpline: No? Why not?
Customer: Because there’s a power failure.
Helpline: A power failure? Ah, okay we got it licked now. Do you still have the boxes and manual and the packing stuff your computer came in?
Customer: Well, yes, I keep them in the closet.
Helpline: Good, go and get them, unplug your system, and pack it up just like it was when you got it. Then take it back to the store you bought it from.
Customer: Really? Is it that bad?
Helpline: Yes, I’m afraid it is.
Customer: Well, alright then, I suppose. What do I tell them?
Helpline: Tell them you’re too stupid to own a computer!
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel too stupid to serve the Lord! I don’t feel equipped. I don’t feel like I have what I need to do the job. Peter speaks of a parallel when it comes to what we need to do the job:
2 Peter 1:3, “His divine power has given us everything we need for a Godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”
Fully equipped for the job at hand. Now, it’s still work – we have to learn to use the tools He’s given us. You could equip me with all the tools and materials I needed to fix my car and they’d be wasted, because I don’t know how to use them. But you know what? God’s willing to teach us! We just need to use what He’s given us!
What has God given you?
In Ephesians 4:11-13, the apostle Paul gives us a teaser:
“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
As I continue this blog series, I’m going to take a close look at all the different gifts God has given us to be able to do all that he has called us to do.
At a nursing home, a group of seniors were sitting around talking about all their ailments:
“My arms have gotten so weak, I can hardly hold this cup of coffee,“ said one.
“Yes, I know,” said another. My cataracts are so bad, I can’t even see my coffee.”
“I couldn’t even mark an X at election time, my hands are so crippled,” volunteered a third.
“What? Speak up! What? I can’t hear you!” someone said.
“I can’t turn my head because of the arthritis in my neck,” said a 4th to which several nodded weakly in agreement.
“My blood pressure pills make me so dizzy!” exclaimed another.
“I forget where I am, and where I’m going to," said another.
“I guess that’s the price we pay for getting old,” winced an old man as he slowly shook his head.
The others nodded in agreement
“Well, count your blessings,” said one cheerfully "...and thank God we can all still drive!”
As part of God’s family, he gives us more than just a license to serve, he gives us the ability – everything we need.