Grace Energized Men: God, Gifts, and God's Building Project
I Peter 2:5 "you also, as living stones, are being built up (there is our word "edified") a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ."
You have come to the greatest construction project on Earth. Christ's Church is God's massive building project. It stretches across our land and around the world and extends all the way up to the Sea of Glass surrounding God's Throne.
Becoming a temple of living stones that each is offering worship and collectively are a temple to God is not easy. That is why Peter surrounds this description of what God wants and how we are to offer Him worship with all of these exhortations. Note all the struggles these believers faced In I Peter.
They had to be reminded to put away the old life (2:1).
They had to be encouraged to eat spiritual food (2:2-3).
They had to be often reminded that this world is not their home (2:11a).
They needed strong exhortations to abstain from feeding the flesh (2:11b).
They had to be reminded and taught how to be living a lifestyle that pointed to the Lord (2:12).
They had to be submissive to the laws of society around them (2:13-17).
They had to learn to work hard for their employers (2:18).
They had to learn to go through hard times or suffering affliction and not quit (2:19-21)
When saints are out of fellowship with the Lord, out of harmony with each other, out of line in their spiritual lives—we can't offer pleasing worship. Only a clean, humbled, and Spirit-filled saint can offer acceptable worship. So we are all called to be some part of mending and building up other believers.
What is Your Skill Set?
Which workman are you? What "job description" did God give you when He invited you to come to the construction site of His church in Rom 12?
1. v.6 if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith;
2. v.7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering;
3. he who teaches, in teaching;
4. v.8 he who exhorts, in exhortation;
5. he who gives, with liberality;
6. he who leads, with diligence;
7. he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
These are the tools that we use to mend and build up, to equip and edify. This equipping (mending lives) and edifying (building up lives) is all part of fulfilling our calling in the Great Commission. Christ's final words to us after His earthly ministry were that we invest our lives "making disciples". The seven types of gifted people within the church deal with this entire process of discipleship as they mend and build up each other.
So we are all called to be some part of mending and building up other believers into consecrated worshippers! Are you doing what God has called YOU to DO?
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