"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, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ..."--Ephesians 4:11-13
In America, we're all about individualism. We all want our own homes, our own cars, our own home theaters. The measure of greatness is in our productivity, our bottom line, our portfolio.
But that is not so in God's Kingdom. Yes, God gives grace to us individually, but it is meant to be used to towards the greater good, the larger body, the church. He equips us uniquely, but not for our edification. He grants us these special gifts for the building up of the body of Christ. The goal? Unity of the faith. Maturity. Ultimately---the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
Because it's not about me. It's not about you. It's about us. And in the end, it's all about Him.
- What are your special spiritual gifts? Are you using them to help other saints grow? Or are you using them to edify yourself?
- What do you think it means to use our gifts so that we grow into the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ? How might you be a part of that building today?