Work by Design
by Randy Chambers, 2016-09-06
Ephesians 4:11-12, NIV: It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.
The church body is diverse--comprised of many types of people with various backgrounds who bring with them various talents. And these members of the body have all been equally gifted, right? Of course not. In fact, just as God has made us diverse, He has also gifted us diversely. He has shaped each of us individually for a particular purpose that ultimately has a designed function within the body of Christ. Paul tells us in Romans 12:4-5 that, “Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” If each of us works as designed, we might see a remarkable sight. We may get to see what we may have thought impossible. We may get to see people working with what could look like uncoordinated efforts, but culminating to a unified goal. How is it possible? When we each work as God has designed and how He leads, then it is the Holy Spirit who coordinates the efforts. Some of us would teach, some preach, and some evangelize--and all as one in Christ accomplishing more than we could do if each of us tried to do all these things alone.