The 1981 film Chariots of Fire follows the true story of two runners in the 1924 Olympics, one of which is Eric Liddell. Liddell was a devout Christian who was also highly gifted in running. He was going to go to China and be a missionary, but before he did, he wanted to compete for Great Britain in the Olympics.
At one point in the movie, we see some Christian legalism play out, and Liddell is reprimanded for missing a church prayer meeting because he was running. He gets accused of losing his focus on God for his athletic career, but he responds with this quote: “I believe that God made me for a purpose. But He also made me fast, and when I run, I feel His pleasure.”
I love that line.
Devout Christians can have a tendency to feel like we’re not all in for God if we’re not in full-time, fully funded ministry. We can start to feel like God doesn’t like us as much as he likes pastors. Or that we haven’t actually picked up our cross until we’ve crossed an ocean for the Gospel.
This type of thinking is completely off, and if someone is making you feel guilty about it, then that’s wrong, too. We need pastors, but we don’t only need pastors. If we only had pastors, then churches would have no money to function and serve. We need godly businessmen just as much as we need godly church employees.
God gives people many gifts. He loves diversity.
I wrote a couple of blog posts a couple weekends ago and when I finished, I “felt God’s pleasure.” When I write posts, write songs, play music or even just make people laugh, I feel God. It doesn’t mean I’m super-awesome at any of it, but I know that God is pleased when I tap into the interests he’s given me. I feel God when I do what I’m created to do even if it doesn’t look like what someone else is doing.
1 Peter 4:10-11
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.
What do you do that you feel God’s pleasure in? What do you finish doing and leave with a spirit of peace and accomplishment? I hope you can think of something. And I hope that you continue to pursue it.
God’s people are a diverse people. He designed us that way. And each part of the Body of Christ is just as necessary as the other.