Read Ephesians 4:1-16
Do you remember the first gift that you were ever given? Probably not, considering you weren't even born yet! What a strange thing to ponder - that everything about you was determined by God before you ever even took a breath. The scriptures tell us that He conceived of you before He even created the world! (Eph 1) He ordained your days on earth before you were even born (Ps 139). And as the Apostle told the church at Corinth, God also determined how He would gift each and every one of us according to His own purposes (1 Cor 12). So if God alone is responsible for who we are made to be and what gifts we have to offer in this life, what does this mean for us?
In Ephesians 4, Paul urges the church to be a unified body that makes full use of all of its parts. He explains that God gifted the church "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." So in other words, God intentionally gave you and I different gifts so that he could bring us together to mature one another into becoming more like Christ!
Let's look at this in the context of our own church body. DEC is a church with a great diversity of gifts. But no matter what our individual gifts are or how we view the church, the one thing each of us have in common is this... God alone determines what gifts we have and how those gifts ought to be used. If we, as the body, are going to function in a way that brings glory to our head (that is Christ), we must seek His guidance together on how we best use our gifts for His purposes. Please join us in this pursuit of unity and maturity by praying over our collective use of gifts as a church body.
Prayer Focus - Take Time Everyday this week to Pray
Monday: Thank God for the measure and diversity of His gifts to our body
Tuesday: Ask God to reveal to you ways in which you might be discounting other people or gifts within the body
Wednesday: Ask God for discernment on how He has uniquely gifted you for His purposes
Thursday: Ask God for wisdom on how your gifts can be best used for the building up of the body.
Friday: Pray for the leadership of our church to engage the diversity of people and gifts in our body in a way that honors Christ and matures the church