Monday, June 23, 2014
For the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith. —Ephesians 4:12-13
Christ gives spiritual gifts to the church, the body of Christ. These gifts include:
(a) apostles, who open up new mission territories to the gospel;
(b) prophets, who apply the Word in spiritually compelling ways;
(c) evangelists, who share the gospel that often brings a positive response;
(d) pastors/teachers, who communicate the Word so that believers are built up in their faith.
All the parts of the body are necessary for the body to function properly.
And no one part is better than another.
God gives gifts to His church.
They are giving for the benefits of the body of Christ.
The gifts are given so that Christians will be “perfected” in their faith and move on to maturity.
The effective use of these gifts creates a unity that bears witness to the reality of Christ.
It matters little what title or position we hold in the church.
What is important is that we strengthen the faith of God's people.
It does not matter if we are moved to another role.
It does not matter if we no longer hold a specific title or position.
Out of love for God, we serve to build up fellow believers.
May God use us as His instrument to touch others' lives.
May our lives show others God's grace.
God’s gifts to us are not for us but for others.