We are all different.
And yet, we all serve a purpose in the family of God.
“And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the [d]saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the [e]knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature [f]which belongs to the fullness of Christ.” –Ephesians 4:11-13
God uses our specific gifts, the ones mentioned above and more to:
Perfect, Edify, Unify, and Protect The Body, or the Family of God so we will all one day be transformed into Christ.
“For the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12).
Perfect means” brought to consummation or completeness; completed; not defective nor redundant…without flaw, fault, or blemish; without error; mature; whole; pure; sound; right; correct.” (Webster’s Dictionary, 1913).
Edify means “to build; to construct. To instruct and improve, especially in moral and religious knowledge; to teach.” (Webster’s Dictionary, 1913)
“Until we all attain to the unity of the faith…” (Ephesians 4:13).
Unify means “to become one.” (Webster’s Dictionary, 1913) (that one was simple, huh? 😉
TO protect us from–
Deception, a “false representation; artifice; cheat or fraud.” (Webster’s Dictionary, 1913).
When we work side by side, building up our gifts we will not be so easily swayed in our faith. We will “no longer…be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming…” (Ephesians 4:15).
The goal is for all God’s people to work together by building each other up, with actions, words dipped in love so that we will become one–and fulfill God’s plan in the earth.
Notice that we all have a part to play.
“The whole body, being fitted and held together, what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.”–Ephesians 4:16
When every single person is in their rightful place, doing what God has called them to do, not giving into the pressure of being like someone else, or desiring to do something other than what The Lord said…
When we find out who we are, the special unique gifts God has placed within us, and the courage to embrace and develop those gifts…
And give our all to it, heart, mind body and soul and spirit…
That is when and how we become more like Christ. We “supply” our gift to the family of God, fully, strengthening and building the Body of Christ, the Family of God.
Before we develop our gifts, we must discover them.
This can be only found by deep soul searching, which is always sufficed by spending quality time with God in prayer. By asking Him about your gifts, and what He has called you and you alone to do, then you give God the opportunity to reveal the truth.
Years ago, when I was lost, struggling with unbelief, and searching for my purpose and why I was here—I went down on my knees and began to pray.
I would ask God questions like why am I here?
What is my purpose?
What have you called me to do?
What are truly my gifts?
What are my spiritual gifts? And what can I do so it can help build the body?
And you know it is funny.
Once I began to pray and ask God to reveal to me what He created me to be, and the gifts He had placed within me—He revealed it.
In peculiar ways.
I began finding myself in situations where I was forced to use the gifts He has placed within me.
Without any inclination desire to, I felt compelled to start a blog.
I would have debates with those I loved and would fight tooth and nail for causes, and ideas which were close to my heart.
My eyes would light up and my heart would ignite with passion when a story idea hit my chest and ran through my brain.
My heart would burn and long for souls who were lost like I once was. He overwhelmed my heart with desires that I never paid attention to before.
Or had long forgotten. But He comforted me.
He set my feet on the solid ground of dreams that were once buried away.
Once God opened my eyes to the gifts He placed within me, then I began the tedious yet rewarding journey of discovering new heights of wonder and beauty in all God called me to be.
And even when it was hard, I began to find joy in the rudiments of our work as I train, seek wisdom, and understanding my gifts.
Doing all that it takes to naturally to develop those gifts.
For example, if you’re a painter and you know God has given you a divine eye for detail and vision for landscapes more than the average man or woman….
Then, do your part. I suggest taking classes, watching Youtube videos, and surrounding yourself with others who will help you prepare, and perfect that gift.
If you’re a writer…get some books of authors you admire, read, understand how they develop their craft. Join a community of writers. Learn from others.
If you love teaching…find out what you love to teach and practice teaching, even if it is to the wall or your phone recording.
If you’re called to preach, write those sermons, and practice preaching those words—to whoever will listen. Even if it’s just to God.
Whatever your gift is, take your time to do what is necessary to make it the best it can be.
And let God do the rest.
You will find that these simple steps will build your confidence, build your strength and ingenuity in the personal gifts God has already placed inside you.
Taking these steps expose your faith in God and His Plan for your life and even strengthen your trust and reliance on Him.
This can only come by spending time with Him, listening to The Holy Spirit, reading the Bible, and making room for God to respond. You and I give God the honor He deserves and prepares our hearts to receive divine direction.
If we, the body of believers, can get to a place of surrender to God, His Plan, and Purpose for us, and find out the gifts He has placed in us—we will be able to supply the body wholeheartedly, with joy, and fervent passion, expanding the Kingdom of Our Father in the earth.
Questions that you can ask yourself as you begin this journey with God:
What makes me angry? What really inspires me? What ignites my heart? What moves me to tears?
What fills me with joy? What could I do all day and not get bored of it?
May you find the gifts God has placed within you so you can become all He has created you to be.
For our Savior says:
“If you seek, you will find, knock, and the door shall be open unto you.” (paraphrase, Matthew 7:7-12).
Ask The Father, He will make it plan to you.
Just as He did for me.
To every season,
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Have a wonderful week!
*All translations are taken from the NASB