A little boy sat down at the kitchen table with his crayons and a sheet of blank paper, and he started to draw. His father stopped to look. "What are you doing, son?" His boy responded, "I'm drawing a picture of God." The father quickly replied, "You can't draw a picture of God. Nobody knows what God looks like." His son thought for a moment and said, "Well -- they will when I get done."
"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms" [ 1 PE 4:10]. Everything we have is a gift from God -- including our talents, gifts, and abilities -- and God's Spirit leads us to give these good gifts to his good work so that the church can be built and all people have an opportunity to know God's love and put their faith in him.
In Romans, Paul said we are to faithful with whatever God has given us (Romans 12:4-8). We should do what we can with what we've been given. It really is that simple. If it's holding babies, then hold babies. If it's cleaning, then clean. If it's sending notes of encouragement, then do that. You get the point.
Somewhere along the line, we've been sold a bill of goods that tells us we must do great and mighty things for God. But I've come to realize we are instead called to be faithful with what God has given. God does great and mighty things. We often work in the ordinary and get to witness the extraordinary things God's Spirit is doing among us.
Fear, doubt, insecurity, misconceptions, and pure exhaustion can keep us from using our life for God. God has not made it possible for each person to have the capacity to do everything. We are each given "God's grace in its various forms", and the whole Body of Christ is needed to do God's work.
I am grateful for the workers in our church who faithfully serve! Everything we do -- how we manage our time, finance, abilities & lives -- we do out of gratitude to God for all he's given. Love is our motivation.