November 19, 2004
For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them…
Every Christian is a gifted child of God. Christ did not come in empty handed, but instead He came with birthday gifts. They are not toys to play with, but they are tools to work with. Not for our enjoyment, but for our employment in spiritual service.
Every child of God, as they unwrap their spiritual gift in their Christian walk, needs to realize that this is something very important in the believer’s life. Scripture says that there are three specific areas in which we are not to be ignorant. First, is the area concerning spiritual gifts, next is spiritual warfare, and last is ignorance concerning the second coming of Jesus Christ.
It’s been said that education will cost you, but ignorance will cost you far more. Unfortunately, there’s a great deal of ignorance concerning all three of these subjects. Yet in our day, I am especially appreciative of the renewed emphasis in the church concerning spiritual gifts.
Many times, Christians have been so concerned with going overboard on spiritual gifts that they haven’t even gotten in the boat! I want to encourage you to get in the boat and understand that ministry for Christ is not just a job, but it is a joy to discover as you unleash those spiritual gifts.
There are folks serving in the church that are worn out and worn down because they’re overworked from doing someone else’s job! And then, of course, we have those who consider the work of the church to be done by the professional clergy.
It was the great devotional writer, Oswald Chambers who said, “The Christian should be supernaturally natural, and naturally supernatural.” In all things supernatural, we should be natural. The church is described as a bride—the beautiful bride of Christ. Yes, there are blemishes now, and we’re still preparing for that day when we will be ushered into the eternal family of God, but as a church we are still His bride.
Therefore, the church is like the body. Just as the physical body has many parts and various functions, so the church has various roles, ministries, and jobs that are different. Each person functions individually, and yet cooperatively works together for the unity of the body of Christ. The moment you were born into the family of God, you became an important and vital participant in the daily functions of the church. I encourage you to pray and ask God to reveal to you your purpose within the church. Start today by giving of yourself, your time, and your talents to the body of Christ.
EVERYBODY IS SOMEBODY IN HIS BODY.