Matt Belisle is a specialist. He throws a baseball and he throws better than most, but not a good as others. Better than average but not the best. Consequently, he is paid according to his skill level by those who want that particular skill; $3.2 million next year. Nice work if you can get it.
Matt pitches in very specific situations that arise in a baseball game. He is a right-handed middle reliever. Last year, he only pitched 65 innings. Do the math: 162 games a year with a minimum of 9 innings per game. He pitched 4% of the possible innings his team played. He does not concern his efforts on anything other than middle relief. His specialty is not to be wasted in the 1458 innings his team played. He concentrates on one thing, does it well and is rewarded for it.
Specialization is very simple notion that applies in virtually any endeavor. It is hallmark of a well-developed economy. A specialized economy is efficient, creates a diversity of products/services offered in the market place and creates tremendous wealth. It is a good thing.
Specialization is a hallmark of Biblical Christianity. Before the world stumbled upon it God commanded it. Prior to the nation of Israel entering the Promised Land, God commanded them in Deuteronomy 8 to “remember all that the Lord had done” while they were in the wilderness. The commandment to “remember” is repeated throughout scripture because of sinful man’s forgetfulness. God wants us to remember what He has done. Why?
The world we live in is much like the baseball. It is full of all sorts of distractions. Image if Matt Belisle did not concentrate on his specialty. “Get Belisle ready, he is going into the game.” The reply comes back, “Sorry coach, Matt doesn’t want to pitch in the middle innings today. He wants to catch.” Opps, fail.
Image God’s call to us, “Child, there is a difficult situation ahead, I want to use you.” I hope my response would not be, “Sorry God, I don’t remember why I am here, I would rather not go.”