Those of you who are basketball fans remember a few years back when Michael Jordan decided he should be a professional baseball player. He put on the right uniform. He used the right equipment. He even was assigned to the right field. But watching Michael Jordan play baseball was not anything like watching Michael play basketball. Fly balls hit him in the chest. His swing lagged inches behind a fast ball. He referred to the umpires as "referees." He ended up being sent to a Birmingham minor league club.

Each of us has strengths. Each of us has places God can use us most effectively. The secret of having a strong and vital church is to make certain that every one of us is using the gifts God has given us and using them to the best of our ability. If we do not use our gifts to God's glory, it is a tragedy both for us and for the family of Christ.