Who I am … whose I am.
Who I am should take a back seat to whose I am. Where I work and/or minister should play second fiddle to how I work and/or minister.
I have belonged to large and small organizations as well as large and small churches. There can be a tendency to be a little smug when part of a larger group, and lack of assurance when contributing in small numbers. It is human nature to compare, to see how we stack up against others. When we participate in the comparison games, we are susceptible to one of two reactions; Pride, if we feel superior by comparison, or timidity if we do not believe we measure up. Neither is a healthy response. There is a reason why Scriptures say pride comes before the fall and humility precedes honor.
I enjoyed watching the Winter Olympics. Did you happen to see what competitors were doing when they were up next, or using some baseball lingo, in the “on deck circle.” They were getting into the zone—focusing on the task before them. They were not preoccupied with their competition.
Large police agency or small, we all operate using the same codified statutes as others in the business. Mega church or small country church, Christians should be operating out of the Bible and relying upon the Holy Spirit to make their effort worthwhile. God saves people, we don’t! If numbers are the focus verses the people who represent the numbers, we are missing the boat. Don’t misunderstand my point. I believe in the “counting” process, but not before, or in place of, the “loving, discipling, caring” process—both in police business and God’s work.
I think the Apostle Paul sums it up pretty well: “Such confidence we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” –2 Corinthians 3:4-6 (NASB)