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Shane M. Oberlin

Shane M. Oberlin

There is so much beauty in diversity. God created us with different purposes in mind, and with different expressions of those purposes. Some have been equipped with the skill set, gifting and the desire to be pastors (not me), and some have the desire, direction, and education to step into the political arena (also, not me).

Yet, you cannot compare the two. It would be like comparing a screw and a nail. They are both used with a different tool, but have a similar function, but are not identical. If you try to screw a nail into the wall, it isn’t going to work. It lacks the proper grooves to fit the screwdriver, and has a smooth surface that makes it difficult to turn.

Also, if you try to nail a screw into the wall, you will have limited success. A screw was not designed to be pounded with a hammer. It will make the hole larger than needed, and will make a mess of the entire project. Screws were made to made to twist and turn into a surface, not be pounded into a surface by the external force of the hammer.

The two cannot (and should not) be compared. They are different, with different functionality, yet they have a similar purpose.

As Christians, we have been trying to hammer screws into nail holes for too long. Not all believers were designed to fit the “traditional” mold of church government. (Ephesians 4:11-16)

When we try to use a “one-size-fits-all” mentality in regards to our purpose, we cause more harm than good. However, this is not an excuse to simply discount certain aspects of our faith that we find uncomfortable, because it “doesn’t fit our calling.

As Christians, we have been trying to hammer screws into nail holes for too long.

We need political leaders that have knowledge of the laws and customs of their nations, AND have a knowledge and understanding of how the Bible can (and does) transform societies; using this as a springboard to positively shape culture.

We need journalists who are well versed in grammar, and know how to communicate the future history of our world. We also need journalists who have graduated from the school of integrity, and have the firm foundation of God’s Word to base their definition of Truth upon.

We need stay-at-home moms who are training up their children in the way that they should go (Proverbs 22:6), so that they will have a foundation of the Truth to rest upon when the storms of life come. The two cannot (and should not) be compared. One size does NOT fit all, and it wasn’t designed to! See 1 Corinthians 12 for more on this important subject.

We need men and women, utilizing their gifts, callings, passions, and talents to bring glory to God, and bring others into the revelation of Who He really is. Some may be more effective in the marketplace, the business world, or the entertainment industry. This is not less “holy”, or somehow inferior to the traditional call into vocational ministry as a pastor, worship leader, or missionary.

If we are not willing to reach out and minister to the people around us right now, why would God move us somewhere else when we are not faithfully completing our current assignment? Will a good teacher allow you to pass a class if you don’t complete the requirements? No! Our advancement down the path to purpose is dependent upon our action – or inaction.

One size does NOT fit all, and it wasn’t designed to! Our purpose as believers is to bring glory to God and to expand His Kingdom rule in the Earth. But we also have unique, specific purposes to fulfill.

Take some time this week and seek the Lord, and ask Him to bring understanding to you about your specific gifting(s) and function(s). He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).
SHANE M. OBERLIN

SHANE M. OBERLIN

is a devoted lover of Jesus who seeks to impact the world through writing, the prophetic, counseling, travel, speaking, and song.

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