A camphor tree in Asia has the functionality of a Swiss Army Knife. The tree has been used for many centuries as a culinary spice, insect repellant, embalming fluid, and medicine. Every part of the tree—from its roots to its leaves, berries, and branches—is impregnated with the useful chemical substance camphor. Its diverse functionality gives the camphor great value.
Christian, I believe we are to be like this tree in our usefulness to the body of Christ. Now, this doesn’t mean God is calling everyone to pastor a church, be a Sunday school teacher, oversee the music ministry, and spearhead the youth ministry. Rather, God wants us to enhance the specific ministry He has given us through the grace He supplies. This grace should permeate everything we do, say, and think, overflowing into our respective ministries. When each member of the body of Christ does his part, the whole body profits.
You might feel unworthy to serve Christ in ministry because you don’t have many spiritual gifts—you can’t preach like the pastor, sing like the song leader, or administrate like the church secretary. Maybe the only thing you can do is pray. Don’t try serving Christ like anyone else. Be a “Camphor Christian”—give Christ your very best, and He will use you in more ways than you thought possible.
The service of the less gifted brother is as pure as that of the more gifted, and God accepts both with equal pleasure. — A.W. Tozer
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.