There's No Hero in the Church
Today is the third time I heard it: "Remember, Katherine. There's no hero in the church."
It's so good to be reminded again and again that I'm not a hero. Maybe I'm a workaholic or a perfectionist or both; I like to give 110% in everything that I do, including in activities related to church service.
Well, it's been almost a year since I'm involved with this project for our campus outreach. I went into this project with no background whatsoever in the specific field that I'm now involved with.
So I worked hard to study, to catch up, to manage, and even to effectively communicate with others who are helping with the project. I knew from the start that this was not an ordinary job. This is the Lord's work, so I cannot handle it in a common way.
Looking back, this whole year has been a good training for me. I've been having a hard time because this outreach project is on a voluntary basis, so often the people who are helping out with the project do not get to finish the tasks on time. I'm not blaming them because they also have another full-time job.
So at the end of the day, I'm tempted to just finish all these tasks by myself. But then I get so tired that I wouldn't be able to attend to my other responsibilities.
Recently I began to be frustrated because I felt like I underperformed in many other things. I started to fear people would think that I didn't do enough.
The truth was I wanted to be a hero- someone who can manage to do a lot of things at once and do them right.
The reminder of "there's no hero in the church" was exactly what I needed to hear. I began to realize that I should really take heed of this word because our God is the God of measure.
2 Corinthians 10:13 says,
"Now we will not boast out of measure, but according to the measure of the rule which the God of measure has apportioned to us, to reach to you also."
I realize that I'm just not meant to do everything because I'm not meant to boast out of the measure of the rule that God has apportioned to me. That's why in the church, in the Body of Christ, we truly need one another.
Every member is indispensable because there are certain things that I don't have but another member has; there are certain things that I can't do but another can do. Just like a mouth can speak but it needs the eyes to see, and vice versa. We cannot be self-sufficient because we are one body in Christ and we are members one of another.
I don't have to be a hero because I simply can't be one! It's God's ordination in His wisdom that I would need to fellowship with the other members of the Body of Christ to receive their supply and practical help.
We can only do what we're apportioned to do so that we will not be able to boast beyond our measure. Actually it is so that the Lord can get all the glory, don't you think? It is so that we would live in the principle of the Body of Christ, that we would depend on one another.