7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 11It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, Ephesians 4:7; 11 (NIV)
Every gift is given by God for a specific purpose. As we can see in the verse above, God called some to be apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers (and He gives the ability to fulfill those functions). It’s important to note that the verse says “some to be” in front of each area listed. The implication here is that God called certain people to do certain things. Let’s look at it another way. The Bible refers to the collection of people around the world that have put their trust in Jesus as the Body of Christ (Christ is the head of the body and those that put their trust in Jesus make up the body). There are several body parts within a body, but each part has a specific role. Consequently, all the parts have significance and purpose. The ear should never look at the hand and feel that it’s less valuable. All parts have value to God and to the body. As a result, you should use the gifts that God has given you to help others. Why? Because you are unique, and the other parts can’t do what you were called to do. You were given a specific gift for a specific purpose.
What did you learn about God in this verse?
What did you learn about people in this verse?