What if everyone took full advantage of all the gifts and abilities that God had given him or her? What if the church as a whole was motivated to do the best it could with all the abilities that are in the various parts of the body?
This is going to sound kind of like an economics lesson, but bear with me a little bit. If I am good at writing (a claim you might dispute after reading this), then I ought to do what I do to the best of my ability. However, if you know me, you will know I am not an artist at all. Stick figures are too complicated for me. Fortunately, the world is not dependent on my artistic ability because there are other people who can create beautiful paintings and sculptures. Those people might not be good writers though, so they should do what they are able to do to the best of their abilities.
Now, if we are individuals, a world run by me would have a lot of writing but not much art. However, when I am in community with other members of the body of Christ, they will create the art that I am not very good at, and I will supply the writing. Now, we have a net gain because through our specialization and utilization of the best abilities of people who are making the most of those talents, everyone will benefit from higher quality writing and art than they would have if we all remained as individuals.
Now multiply this simple example by millions of Christians who have various talents and abilities to contribute. Are there different levels of abilities? Certainly there are. I know that I am far from the best writer in the world, but it is something that I do think I am able to do reasonably well and have an audience that I can speak to and away that perhaps other people might not.
If we layer that with every Christian doing whatever they can in all areas of life, there are going to be some amazing things happening. Imagine Christians who work in business and do their absolute best to provide high-quality customer service and superior products to the consumers. Imagine church ministries where people find a way in which they are able to contribute. Some people might be able to help with music while others help in the nursery. Some might be able to be a great prayer warriors while others might be able to help with hospitality.
We all should do what we can. I’m not talking about becoming overwhelmed and overburdened to the point that we burnout. That’s not helpful to anyone. However, just like the race we talked about on Wednesday, we need to think about what we are able to do. That can be our testimony to the world. If we really believe in honoring all of the gifts that God has given us, and we actually ought to use them first for the glory of God and second for the benefit of the world around us.
That's why Christians ought to be ambitious.