are you a light bulb or a laser?

This post was guest written by Matthew Simmons. It was edited by Melissa.

We hear about how important setting our focus on something is.

We hear it from leaders in all walks of life and in all professions. The reason for this is because focus leads to concentrated efforts and quicker results. As defined by Merriam-Webster, focus is "a center of activity, attraction, or attention." In simplistic terms, the difference between a laser and a light bulb is its focus. One can cut through solid materials, and the other is a scattered source of light that illuminates. One source of light fills a room, while the other is a tool. My point? The focus of the light changes its destiny. One brightens, one cuts. Both are equally effective and both are needed.

Now I didn't come here to talk about light sources. This isn't the light bulb tutorial at Home Depot. I want to ask you this question: how are you letting your light shine for God?

I'm not going to try to categorize the giftings of God into light bulb or laser, but in the body of Christ at times there seems to be a comparison of whose giftings get "more accomplished" for the kingdom of God. I mean the preacher must get more done for God than the accountant does right? Not so fast.

There are two passages of scripture I want to look at that show the usefulness of everyone in the kingdom of God. We see in 1 Corinthians 12 how each person has a part to play in the body of Christ:

There is one body, but it has many parts. But all its many parts make up one body. It is the same with Christ. We were all baptized by one Holy Spirit. And so we are formed into one body. It didn’t matter whether we were Jews or Gentiles, slaves, or free people. We were all given the same Spirit to drink. So the body is not made up of just one part. It has many parts.

And in Ephesians 4 we see the different offices, or giftings, that are available:

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.

Everyone has a unique purpose and calling. We are each uniquely created, and we all have a specific purpose. God doesn't create with a cookie cutter. He breaks the mold every time He creates someone. You have a physical thumbprint that is unique to you, and you have a spiritual thumbprint that is unique only to you. Your calling is connected to this spiritual identity. Don't try to measure up to someone else's giftings and abilities. You can't do everything and we don't everyone doing the same thing.

Let your specific light shine ever so bright as you use the talents that are yours to use, and watch and see how much God does in you and through you. Your purpose is great, and your identity is found in Him! 

- Matthew Simmons 

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