Following on from my last post on Building and Flexing our Spiritual Muscles today we look at receiving and using Spiritual Gifts.
God has given each one of us one or more spiritual gifts and He expects us to use them. When we use our spiritual gifts in the way God calls us to use them then we continue to build our Spiritual Muscles more and more by trusting and coming under the power, love and guidance of our Heavenly Father, the more we come under His guidance the closer to Him we grow and the more affective we become in carrying out our call to build up His church. Our focus today is on the words from Ephesians.
Ephesians 4:7-16 God’s vision for His Church
But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.” (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his 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. 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, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of 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.
The Church is not about us, but about Jesus Christ. If the Church is the Temple “dwelling place for God in the Spirit” as stated in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. (“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your body,)” We need to be God-centered, not Me, I or us centered. We should be aware that as the Church we represent Christ to each other and to the world.
Let us represent Christ well by lifting up, encouraging and cheering each other on in the faith. I encourage you to think on these words, pray about then and talk about them with your family.Please feel free to give feedback on any or all of these weekly thoughts.