Read Ephesians 4:1-16 and ask the Holy Spirit to highlight the things He wishes to speak to you.
To each person whom Christ is in, God has specifically chosen unique gifts to demonstrate His power. This fantastic outpouring of the Spirit of God is marked in scripture at the point of Pentecost (found in Acts 2) as the new covenant was established with the death and resurrection of our savior Jesus Christ.
Today’s passage focuses on the fact that the purpose of spiritual gifts is for the edification of the Church. Paul urges us in the first few verses of the reading “to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which we have been called” (v. 1). He highlights the honor we have as children of God to work in effort toward the unity of the Church. His language emphasizes that we each have a role to play in this. God has given the gifts for us to pour back into the body of believers for the sake of growing, challenging, and encouraging others to mature in their walk with the Lord.
God, in His perfect knowledge, wisdom, and discernment has gifted you, as His follower, a unique role in the body of Christ. He saw you and called you by name. He looked upon you and gave you an ability that He saw fit that would bring Him glory and build up the Church. However, it is important to note, these abilities aren’t something that we use without practicing and developing. Paul says in 2 Timothy 1 that we must “fan into flame the gift of God” (v. 6). We do this in light of our call to mature in our walk and in our witness just as verses 11-16 reference.
For the sake of His glory and the health of the Church, God has chosen us to experience the working of the Holy Spirit in and through our lives in great power, giving us a glimpse of what is to come.
You are called. You are gifted. You are empowered by the Holy Spirit to draw others to Himself. This is, in part, what the power of God looks like.
- What are your spiritual gifts? If you are unsure, take 10-15 minutes to go through our spiritual gifts test found at theheights.org/serve.
- Have you put these gifts into practice before? How is the Lord calling you to further fan them into flame?
- For a more extensive list of the spiritual gifts, find 1 Corinthians 7:7, 12:8-10 & 28; Romans 12:6-8; 1 Peter 4:11