There is a saying that keeps cruising around the social networking sites that goes something like – “Do not judge others because they sin differently than you do.” I agree with that sentiment 100%.
I’d like to add a thought of my own – Don’t get frustrated with others who are called to minister differently than you.
It seems a little silly to me that I even need to say this. I mean, it’s a concept found in scripture (I. Cor. 12:18-19 to be exact!)-
But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be?
This passage contains pretty specific examples of just how important each part of the body is. I mean, you wouldn’t try to hear with your eyeball or taste with your ear would you?
So why do we get frustrated when others aren’t passionate about the same ministries we are passionate about?! Imagine a church in which every single member is over-the-top excited about children’s ministry. I would bet that the VBS program would be the best ever and that the Sunday School classes would be the most exciting place to be. But what would that do to all the other parts of church life? Ministering to shut-ins? The music ministry of the church? And what happens when those children outgrow the existing ministry and move into their teen years? Do you see what I’m getting at?
So why do we get so angry with others when they do not get on board the way we think they should? We may see talents in others that would be perfectly used in a specific ministry. But we don’t get to make those decisions for them.
It comes down to trust. We have to trust the Holy Spirit to motivate those in our church family to use the gifts HE has provided in the way HE wants them used. It may not make sense to us. We may not even like it much. But if we believe that we are doing our part in the ministry that God wants to do through our local congregation, we need to leave it to Him to get others involved in the way that he sees best.