“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,” Ephesians 4:11-12 (ESV)
So let me see if I have this right.
God provides the church – the “body” of believers – with “apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds and teachers” to equip us, “the saints”, so we can “minister”.
What a great model!
I love this picture of us all working together to “build up the body”.
Each member an integral part of the whole. Doing his or her thing in such a way as to create something better.
It’s easy to think of “saints” as people who are somehow extra special; holier than thou; perfect; sinless.
But as believers we’re all “saints”.
Yes, we’re still sinners. However, we’ve been forgiven. Thanks to the grace of God.
And what we’re doing now is our small bit no matter how insignificant it may seem. Yet it’s still vitally important.
prayer : thank God that I can serve Him and His body
action : continue to discuss with my pastor how I can best use my gifts through ministry