The body of Christ coalesce the diverse gifts of Christians. Through the Spirit, let us each discover our gifts for the express purpose of kingdom building. This photo taken at my church shows the many gifts being exhibited from the choir in front of the church to those behind the scenes doing technical sound and video presentation.
The reading today in Ephesians 4:1-16, explains why Christ has given various gifts to those in the church. They have been given so each individual can concentrate on their natural abilities for the good of all.
There’s a lot of work to do but plenty of resources through the threefold link of the Trinity so we each need to determine what our calling is and work in unity with a common purpose.
*Paul names four types of Spiritual gifts that God has placed in the church (v. 11).
- Apostles – There are no apostles in the church today as they had to have seen the risen Savior personally
- Prophets – Those that proclaim and share the Word of God
- Evangelist – Those that stir up the thoughts of the unsaved towards their eternal destiny and spur the saved towards joining in on the work that is needed
- Pastors and teachers – Those that lead and feed the flock
There is one body and one Spirit (v. 4) so our responsibility is to use our individual gifts so the church is equipped for works of service. Each can concentrate on their strength so that the body of Christ may be built up for the good of all (v. 12-13).
This day with You Lord we are gathered together in prayer and there is power because when two or more are gathered together in Your name, You are with us. You Lord have made each of us with individual talents and natural abilities. These gifts of the Spirit are combined for unlimited potential for the good of all. Amen.