Jack of all Trades – Master of OneDaily Thoughts
Ephesians 4:11-12 “It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up”
Do you ever feel you are arguing and disagreeing with someone just for the sake of doing so? I find that we often only argue with people when they are speaking about something they are passionate about, and we feel we must play the Devil’s advocate. It’s bizarre because in most circumstances we will actually agree with their belief system, but we don’t have the passion and enthusiasm they possess.
We find this behavior at work a lot within the Church, that when someone pipes up about their passion and seeks to challenge others in that area we instantly put up a front and dig our heels in. Why is this? Why are we naturally stubborn to the challenge of others, even when the challenge is a good one?
Put it this way, ever feel you are being stretched in various directions through people who ‘preach’ at you? “It’s all about building church… It’s all about evangelizing… It’s all about prayer… It’s all about healing“. People go on and on at us about their passion and enthusiasm, and we feel we are being stretched across all these areas. Perhaps that is how it is meant to be?
In the verses above we read that God has appointed various types of people (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors & teachers) to prepare God’s people for works of service. Question: Surely an evangelist speaks to non-believers, how then can one prepare God’s people (believers)? Because what each of these do is exactly what we witness when being challenged or preached to. Each person in each role is eager to spread their passion and enthusiasm for God’s Kingdom. It’s what they love, it’s what they are passionate about, it’s what they challenge others about, and so we are all built up and prepared in all the aspects of our faith.
Of course, we never actually attain to their level of passion and enthusiasm, unless we “choose a trade” and in essence become like them. In essence we become a jack of all trades & master of one. What we must learn from this then is that there will always be differences in our enthusiasm and passion for different aspects of faith. We all have one thing on common, we have put our faith in Christ, but how we express that is unique to each individual.
What’s your trade?