Face it, there is no cookie-cutter personality that will win the most amount of people to the Lord. We are all one body with many parts. Some people are artists, others are athletes. Some people are trailblazers while others follow.
Everyone knows 1 Corinthians 12:14-20, right? It’s the passage on one body with many parts. But irrespective of knowing it in your head, the question is: do you know it in your heart?
Indirectly, you may have been taught that, “Christ died for you. So get out there and do exactly what the last guy did!” Ignore that feeling. The Lord is able to, and wants to use the plethora of personality types and ministry approaches that comprise the body of Christ. You may feel that you understand this, and perhaps you do, but I know that there is at least one other person out there who doesn’t fully understand that they don’t have to copy what the other guy is doing.
The heavy truth is that effectiveness in ministry does not come by doing what the last successful person did, but by obeying who the last successful person obeyed: the Lord. Some people are quiet and servant hearted, others are loudspeakers for the Gospel. People are different, lifestyles vary. Legalism for you may be obedience to the Holy Spirit for them and vice versa. There are some people that frown upon standing up on a street corner and preaching, but people have come to receive the message through it. Others frown upon tracts, but that has worked too. Still others shun the idea of just going up to people and telling them, “God loves you,” despite how true that statement is. But you know, it works.
So seek the Lord and not popular belief on effective evangelism. God’s not looking for another Apostle Paul; he’s looking for a faithful and obedient (insert your name here).
Fill in the blank:
“What I feel the Lord telling me to do is to _____________________________________________.”
Now, whatever you said or thought there, do it with all your might. It doesn’t matter how cliche it may seem to others, you must do what you feel God is telling you to do because brother, sister, winning the POWs in this spiritual war is going to take every kind of soldier doing their part.
Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged 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? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. (1 Corinthians 12:14-20 NIV)