equip the saints

“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.

Kim+

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

one

“There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call – one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4:4-6 (ESV)

There is so much packed into these three verses that’s it’s hard to do them justice in a short daily quiet time.

Clearly the overriding message is unity – the one Paul speaks of – which he specifically mentioned in the preceding verse.

I find it a reassuring passage. A message that makes me feel included.

One that gives me nice, warm fuzzies. Like I’m wrapped up in the comforting embrace of “God the Father”: protecting me, comforting me, loving me.

Perhaps this is not the purpose of the passage.

The one “body” spoken of is no doubt the church: the company of fellow believers; our brothers and sisters in Christ.

And like a body, each of us fulfills different roles. This is something Paul deals with in greater detail towards the end of the chapter.

For now I’ll bask in the knowledge that I am in Him and He is in me.

Kim+

prayer : that I will act as if I am one with Him

action : seek to be more Christ-like each and every day