Our culture is embedded with a strong sense of individuality – generally valuing personal rights and personal freedom more than our impact on others. However, “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” Gal 5:13
How do we balance our 'self' with the 'corporate' when it comes to church? There are two significant components to living in balance – knowing yourself, and loving others. Both of these need to be lived out in close relationship with Jesus.
In order to function well within the body of Christ, we need to know who God has made us to be! What part of the body are you? What is He calling you to? How does He want you, particularly, to live out the “one faith” that we share. There is no cookie-cutter answer; it's completely personalised and relational. “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.” 1 Cor 12:4-6
The closer you are to Jesus, the more you saturate yourself in His truth that we find in the Bible, the more you live out of the immense love of the Father, the better you will know what good works He has prepared for you to do. Our church family can also help us discern our gifts, as they have a 'outside' view, and as they, too, listen to the Spirit. Do you remember how Paul and Barnabas were sent out? The church together discerned the Spirit's selection and mission for them.
Our heavenly Father has good things in store for every one of His children. The greater our childlike trust in Him becomes, the more we allow His love to permeate our hearts and minds, the easier it will become to serve one
- Melinda Medvedsky-