What’s the Point of Using Your Gifts?

As humans, God has blessed all of us with various gifts, desires and interests, abilities, and resources and circumstances. The Almighty God desires to use all of it, for His glory and our good.

Followers of Christ are especially given particular gifts to glorify God (v. 7-8). should desire that their gifts, skills, and resources be put to best use so everyone else will be built up and impacted. That’s a large part of what Paul’s saying to the Church in Ephesus:

11And he (Jesus) gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13until 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, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
Ephesians 4:11-16

Here, Paul tells us the reason people were gifted to be leaders is so that the saints would be equipped for ministry and built up. The goal is to be unity, to know Christ, to be mature, and for the body of Christ to be built up. When organisms are healthy, they grow. The same thing that applies to micro-organisms and plants, also applies to Christians.

“When each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love” (v. 16). What we should be seeking to do, is to make our contribution and fulfill the role I was called to do. When I do this, everyone else is better off. If I’m not working properly, no one is better off for it. So we should, when possible, seek to use our gifts and encourage others to use their gifts. For the glory of Christ and so that all peoples will come to repentance and faith in Christ.

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About Aaron Golby

Christian. Husband to Katherine.
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