It is by God’s will that all his children have jobs in his body, the body of Christ. Some of God’s children have jobs that are considered by society to be less noble than others. In other words, some of God’s children watch over the animals when some of them advise rulers. Why has God done this? “Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purpose and some for common use” (Romans 9:21).
When we serve in the kingdom of heaven as a piece of the body of Christ, we are called to love each other in a way that honors others above ourselves (Romans 12:10). We do this because Christ made himself lower than all of us, dying on the cross as a servant to humankind, as the sacrificial lamb, like an animal, though he truly was higher than all of us as the Son of God.
We are called to make ourselves lower than our brothers and sisters in Christ in order to serve them better, but that doesn’t mean we have to make ourselves feel lower. Christ wants us to feel good about what we do, who we are, how we see each other, and how he sees us. He wants us to have smiles on our faces as we serve and as we lift each other up. He likes it when everybody goes around the church patting each other on the back, making his children feel happy and loved.
Christ is the God who gives us our strength, but he also gave us free will. Be joyful that you have made the right decisions and that you have kept your eyes on God with an open mind in order to take the work Christ has for you with an open heart.
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully” (Romans 12:6-8).