Popularity Defined: the state or condition of being liked, admired, or supported by many people.
Have you ever thought about the idea of popularity? Popularity is built on some culturally defined trend that is seen to be better than other trends. For instance: In many High Schools being a jock and a good athlete is more popular than being in band. Although, being able to play an instrument is just as impressive as hitting a homerun one can be seen as better than another. However, there are some schools or environments where band is the more popular thing. Popularity is subjective and can change depending on the crowd you run in or who you are trying to impress. The pursuit of popularity is often a selfish pursuit seeking to find approval and importance at the expense of the “lesser” crowd.
Unfortunately, we can fall into this popularity contest within the church. There are the “super spiritual” roles like preaching, teaching, & worship and the lesser roles like “chair guys” (sarcasm intended). The Corinthians were doing this with the gifts but Paul was trying to bring clarity and humility to the situation. Regardless of the gift that God has given it is only for the purpose of helping the body to pursue and live for God. There is nothing about your gifting that makes you more special or better than another. The only thing that makes us special is Jesus himself and the only thing His grace should produce in us is humility. It is a privilege to serve one another in the body of Christ and It is a privilege to use our gifts to reach the lost.
How has God gifted you and how are you leveraging those gifts to bless those in the Church? How are you leveraging them to reach those who are lost around you?
By: Chad Wiles