“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” (Romans 12:6-8, NIV)
We hinder the work of God in this world when we “play out of position.”
Writing here about the diverse gifts of the members of the family of God, Paul encourages us to esteem whatever gift we’ve been given; and he discourages the pettiness and competitiveness that takes root when we lament the skills and abilities we have not been given.
Over time, we become aware of our gifts. Let us also be aware that our knowledge, skills, and abilities are gifts to us from God; but not for our own benefit. We must “play in position” in order for the whole of God’s family to do what God needs it do; and to be what God needs it be. – Luther