It Takes The Entire Crew continued….
It seems that The Lord is continuing to place on my heart and mind the importance of every member ministry and The Priesthood of every believer. Today I am going to look at Ephesians 4:7-16 in a way that you may have never considered before. Many use this passage to further divide the church and support a Clergy/Laity division. In my experience and study what I have found concerning this passage is that it has much more to do with our being connected with *one another* and Jesus than it has to do with the so called “Power gifts”.
Starting with verse 7 it begins with, “But to *each one* of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.” We *all* get a portion of grace and gifting and not just so called leaders. Continuing in verse 11… It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,” Notice that each gifting represented here is in small case letters, these are NOT titles to be given, but rather descriptions of various gifting and service. Continuing in verse 12..”to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the Body of Christ may be built up, until *we all* reach *unity* in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” It is quite clear that these gifts are meant to unify the church, but all too often these concepts are used to divide the church into Clergy and Laity, Leaders and followers, and gifted and pew warmers. It is my strong passionate belief that *every* member of the true church has been given a portion of the type of gifts described above and that all believers can at times function in these particular gifts when prompted by The Holy Spirit and given opportunity in the Body. When everyone get to share their God given portion and gifting all of God’s people get better prepared and equipped for true servanthood and great works of service both in the Church and to the world around us.
What happens when these gifts are allowed to flow naturally/supernaturally through all believers? Verse 14…. Then *we* will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, (in the Greek it involves more than speaking, it is literally ‘truthing’ in love, involving all we say or do and not just our words) *we* will in *all* things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From Him the *whole* body, joined and held together by *every* supporting ligament, grows and builds “itself* up in love, *AS EACH PART DOES ITS WORK.”
There it is! When the whole church and each and every member is allowed to function in their giftings, we really are able to grow up and accomplish the things of God together. Over the past 40 years I have witnessed and experienced the wonders of every member ministry. So I will ask this simple question once again… are you a gifted minister in the Body of Christ or are you paying someone else to try and do that for you?
Kirk Out !