The world is full of need. Just look next door or across the street. Conditions are no different halfway around the world. I have visited with lepers in India and spent the night in a flea-infested hut in the mountains of Thailand. Everywhere you look, you will find hurting people for whom Christ died. How can we ever meet all their needs?

To help those people I visited, I could learn their languages and customs and become a missionary. I could meet with their countries’ government leaders and become a humanitarian. I could be an architect and design an orphanage for their children. The possibilities are infinite.

But God isn’t interested in my becoming a missionary. He doesn’t want me to be a good-will ambassador for the underprivileged. Neither does He want me to become an architect. Though these are noble vocations, I wasn’t called to serve in these areas. God called me to be a preacher of the gospel. He gave me spiritual gifts in this specific area. This doesn’t mean God can’t use me to serve Him in other areas. I just have to keep in mind that He has called me to faithfully serve Him right here. This is where I can best meet the needs of others.

God has given every Christian spiritual gifts, but we must be good stewards of what He has entrusted to us. Good stewardship is a critical element of responsibility. We cannot afford to squander the blessings God has bestowed upon us for a time and place such as this. If we fail to fulfill our calling, then who will? And if not now, then when? God has called you for a unique purpose. Your faithfulness in this calling is His greatest need.

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble. — Helen Keller

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.