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Every individual within the church is valuable

Posted Friday, December 30, 2011, at 1:14 PM

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"And His gifts were [varied; He Himself appointed and gave men to us] some to be apostles (special messengers), some prophets (inspired preachers and expounders), some evangelists (preachers of the Gospel, traveling missionaries), some pastors (shepherds of His flock) and teachers. His intention was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints (His consecrated people), [that they should do] the work of ministering toward building up Christ's body (the church), [That it might develop] until we all attain oneness in the faith and in the comprehension of the [full and accurate] knowledge of the Son of God, that [we might arrive] at really mature manhood (the completeness of personality which is nothing less than the standard height of Christ's own perfection), the measure of the stature of the fullness of the Christ and the completeness found in Him." (Ephesians 4:11-13, Amp)

The Lord has handpicked and appointed special gifts and talents to every person within the body of Christ. Throughout biblical history, we see great examples of how people utilized their God-given abilities to widely impact their surroundings. As "heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ" (Rom 8:17) and members of the body, every person should receive God's gifts to be used for His glory. When we utilize His gifts in a humble and mature manner, the possibilities of what God will do with them is limitless.

It is God's desire for believers to yield themselves to Him in utter dependence, recognizing that without Him, we can do nothing. Christians must rely on His spirit to fulfill the special calling and purpose he selects for each individual; appropriating our gifts and talents in a manner that impacts our generation.

God has chosen every believer and has situated him or her in a specific position within the church. The Lord has given Christians the privilege of operating in many special gifts. However, keep in mind that the head cannot do what the hand does and the hand cannot do what the foot does. It is pertinent that each body part operates in what they were designed to do in order for the body to function properly. This is how the Creator and the Designer of this world intended it. Ever tried walking on your hands instead of your feet? Not an easy thing to do. Ever try to use you feet to cut into a steak? It's not feasible. It is not the proper order of things and it is not how God designed our bodies.

In the same way, as Christians, we must be sure that we do not try to do someone else's job within the body. We must keep the post and the position the Lord God Almighty has assigned to us and properly function in that area. Stepping out of bounds will throw the whole body out of whack.

Furthermore, when someone tries to do the job of the head, the hand, and the foot, they become utterly exhausted and embittered. This is of no use to anyone. However, in the same token, when it is time to allow someone else to function in their gifts and abilities, it is important for us to gracefully and humbly step aside and move into the new position God has for us ... trusting Him every step of the way.

Every individual within the church is valuable. If an individual feels inadequate in their gifts and talents, they need to only remember on thing, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness" (2 Corinth 12:9).

Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email chollensbe@mac.com .



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