Have you ever wondered, “What am I doing here?“ It‘s OK if you have. Believe me, you‘re not alone. Sometimes we struggle with identifying where we “fit“ in this great adventure called life. If you are a Christian, the importance of knowing your place in God‘s plan for His church and for your individual life is difficult to overstate.
Every true believer is a member of the Body (Church) of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the head of that body. Just as the physical human body contains many specific parts, every Christian is a uniquely qualified and gifted member of the body of Christ. The sovereignty of Almighty God determines our position and our function in the church.
“But as it is, God has placed and arranged the limbs and organs in the body, each [particular one] of them, just as He wished and saw fit and with the best adaptation. Now you [collectively] are Christ‘s body and [individually] you are members of it, each part severally and distinct [each with his own place and function].“ – I Corinthians 12:18, 27 Amplified Bible –
Let me share something very therapeutic; you cannot be what God has not called and equipped you to be. It‘s really that simple. Serving God is not a matter of selecting a ministry, but rather a matter of identifying your own unique gifting and sharpening those areas in which God has ordained you to serve.
“Are all Apostles (special messengers)? Are all prophets (inspired interpreters of the will and purpose of God)? Are all teachers? Do all have the power of performing miracles? Do all possess extraordinary powers of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?“ – 1 Corinthians 12:29-30 Amplified Bible –
The singular answer to these questions is no! If we could function in any calling or operate any spiritual gift at will, we would have no need for one another. As surely as the eyes need the ears, the hands need the arms, and the legs need the feet, the body of Christ needs each of its members working together.
“For because of Him the whole body (the Church in all its various parts) closely joined and firmly knit together by the joints and ligaments with which it is supplied, when each part [with power adapted to its need] is working properly [in all its functions], grows to full maturity, building itself up in love.“ – Ephesians 4:16 Amplified Bible –
When Jesus Christ was physically present on the earth, He had the Holy Spirit without measure. Jesus embodied all the offices of ministry and operated in every spiritual gift.
As individual Christians, we move in the Spirit by measure. No one person occupies every office of ministry nor operates in every spiritual gifting.
It is still possible for the body of Christ to enjoy the manifestation of the Holy Spirit without measure today. To do so we must recognize and accept our own spiritual gifts and calling, recognize and accept the spiritual gifts and calling in other believers, and learn to harmonize with one another by walking in the unity of the faith. Then the Spirit can move without measure and the Church can truly fulfill the great commission.
Joseph A. Cerreta, PhD., is a noted author, broadcaster, a popular Bible teacher and a rabbid Coastal Junkie®
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