“For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:”
Ephesians 4:12 KJV
The core of our Christian faith hinges on the fact that Jesus, the beloved Son of God, took our place on the cross, brought us access into the family of God by His blood, gave us His Spirit, and made us His siblings by adoption. (Rom 8:15)
As sons, we have become heirs of a rich inheritance (Eph 1:3,11). That is great, but is not all. We have also become priests unto God (Rev 1:5-6). We have direct access to God and we can intercede for others. Indeed, our adoption is for service. (1 Peter 2:9)
The designation of ‘Priest’ is no longer reserved for a select few with special robes like in the days past. God has designed the family of believers in such a way that each one is capable of dispensing the gifts and grace of God as much as the other. It’s the same spirit and power at work in all of us. Hence, there is no room for excuses or negligence.
Everyone of us must be involved!
At the Upper Room, it wasn’t just Peter who spoke in tongues. All the disciples present did. (Acts 2:4). In Acts 6, apart from the 12, seven others filled with the spirit were selected to serve tables. One of them was Steven. He was a church worker but he exercised his priestly authority in service to God’s people.
See what Acts 6:8 has to say about him:
“Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed amazing miracles and signs among the people.”
Friends, we have tremendous ability within us, for the work of the ministry. We can do so much more if we all take responsibility. Jesus said out of our bellies will “ …flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:38b) What good is a river body if it doesn’t supply to the needs of others?
We must all be active participants in the work of the ministry. In our anchor text, we are told that ministry gifts are given to us for the edification of saints.
Let’s read Ephesians 4:11-12 in the NLT.
“Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.”
No matter our number, the church of God is the body of Christ – the True Vine. (1 Corinthians 12:12-14, John 15:1) Hence, every member (branch) must supply.
“And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;” (2 Corinthians 5:18 KJV)
Dear believer, you are a son and a priest. You were adopted by God and now, you have a ministry of reconciliation – to bring the lost sheep back to their Shepherd. Take responsibility today!
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 1:1-25, Ephesians 1:1-14, Psalm 119:1-8, 1 Kings 1.