I heard a story about a well-known organist who would be the guest organist for a church one Sunday. This was back in the days before pipe organs were powered by electricity. As you know, pipe organs need compressed air to function and before electricity at least one person would be required to operate the bellows, either by hand or by what looked like an 18th century Stairmaster.
Bottom line, no matter how good an organist you were, you still needed someone, usually a young boy with much energy, to manually build compression in order to create a sound through the organ pipes. And so, on this one particular Sunday as the guest organist was announced, he was quite proud of himself – a little too much.
From behind the curtains, he hears the young man say, “Sir, are we ready?” To which the proud organist whispered back in a tone only the young lad could hear, “No, WE are not ready. I am ready to play as I have done masterfully since before you were born. You simply provide the air. Now, I am ready.”
When the organist hit his first note, there was nothing but cold silence. The young man was providing not one ounce of air. And then for a second time this question was asked: “Sir, are WE ready now?”
There are no bit players in God’s economy of getting things done. Ordinary people like you and me are invited by God to partner with Him in delivering the goods to people. You were made to walk out your door each morning believing that God will use you to deliver the tangible presence of Christ in some way.
One of the Apostle Paul’s favorite analogies for the church is the metaphor of the human body. In one extended discussion, he says this: “… those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable …” Did you get that? No one is a dispensable, bit player. All of us are indispensable MVP’s. God gifts us in different ways and in different measures, and He asks that we be faithful in using what we have where we are. Don’t let what you can’t do keep you from doing what you can because what you can do is indispensable.
So here’s your assignment, should you accept it. Give God your day in advance and be on high alert viewing every person you meet as a potential place where God may work through you. Awaken that hope and expectation. Expect God to be at work around you. Like a baseball player when the pitcher begins his wind-up, get in your ready position and expect the ball to be hit in your direction.
Being animated and used by Jesus. We were made for this. Are we ready?