Grace

Ephesians 4:7.  “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.”

This verse is the beginning of a passage in which we are taught that God has given gifts to every believer to be used in the ministry of the church, in the sharing of the gospel, in ministry to each other.  We have one faith, one Lord, one baptism, one Body in Christ. Each member of a body is to function in full accord with the other members if the body is to be healthy and get the job done.

I have a little problem right now.  I think it’s arthritis, and probably not much to be done, but I’ve noticed over the past few days that the second toe on my left foot is very sore and aches a lot.  Amazing how one small member doesn’t really feel too important until it starts to send out pain signals.  And if it stops “working,”  it will affect my balance and my stride.

The truth is, our human bodies break down and wear out as we age.  The larger truth, a glorious truth, is that the body of Christ will never age, never break down, never fall to illness or death.  Yes, there can be members that are out of sorts, but Jesus said that the gates of hell itself will not prevail against the church.

I want to be a member of the body who uses my gifts even as I age, whatever they may be, to further the work of the church. We are all given something.  Some gifts are public.  Everyone knows who has them, what they are, and how effective these gifts are.  Other people have more quiet gifts, and sometimes go completely unrecognized.

God recognizes them all.  He measures out the gifts according to His will and wisdom. Our job is to allow Him, through the Holy Spirit, to use us as He will.

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