Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
1 Corinthians 12:12-14
One Body with Many Members For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many.
One local body, one city-wide body, one state-wide body, one country-wide body, one global body – all made possible because of ONE SPIRIT.
Since I moved to here – what 34 years ago? – I have found it right up my alley to be a joiner. If the door was open, I was in and after not very long I was volunteering to lead. I was welcomed because God had prepared those groups for me to join, to find my place and to play my part.
I haven’t changed but the places have. “Thanks but your services are no longer needed.” I feel like I’ve been fired.
I’m thinking of the admonition to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. I am reminded God is at work in me for His good pleasure – not so much MY good pleasure. And I have my part too…work it out!
In addition I would be lying if I didn’t admit He has already been pushing me toward an answer. He has called me to purposeful prayer. I keep thinking in my head the direction will just come if I wait Him out. How dumb is that? Don’t answer that…I already know the answer.