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All servants are different.
Each servant was dealt a different measure of talents. That is simply profound! If every Christian woman had the same strengths yielding the same potential, what a boring sisterhood we would be! If we were all like Cindy Colley, we would all be talking all the time and no one would be listening. Everyone would be serious and no one would make us laugh. We would all be decent class teachers, but no one would be any good at bulletin boards. We would all be decent at hospitality in the home, but not as good at getting to the hospital or sending cards. Oh, and we would all have to really work overtime on the submission thing! You get the point. It’s the point Paul made in I Corinthians 12:14-20:
For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
Accepting and appreciating the differences just naturally increases the talent productivity. I don’t have to be a human resources manager to understand the concept of capitalizing on the strengths and potential contributions of a wide variety of personalities. I must realize that I don’t come up with all of the best ideas; that I am not necessarily the only one who is right in every area of judgment and that there are indeed many matters of judgment that really are not crucial to the success of the Lord’s work. It is important to get myself– my interests, personality and ambitions– out of the way while the Lord is gone on the journey. I pray that I can stop seeking my own interests and seek the well-being of my fellow-servants (I Cor. 10:24).