When a new player joins the softball team, our coach asks what positions they have played and what their strengths are as a player both offensively and defensively. The coach knows what areas of the team needs support and will place the new player in the best spot in the roster for the team. There are times our coach must have a player in a utility position. That means they are moved to where the team needs are rather than where that player's strongest talent is.
The Bible writes about Christians as a team.
1 Corinthians 12: 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
A pastor/coach will ask new people where they have served and what they feel are their spiritual strengths. He knows the church team and will place them in the roster where it brings the most strength to the team. We have a number of utility players who are serving multiple positions until other players that join the team can step into the roster.
God uses the Holy Spirit through others to equip, train, and enter people into the line up of the greatest adventure on this earth: serving on a local church team.
In your church:
Do feel you are on the roster or on the bench?
Are you serving as a utility player or are you in your sweet spot?