We Are All Called
Through the years a fundamental disconnect has developed between two parts of the church commonly known as the “clergy” and the “laity” producing a hierarchical concept of ministry that has segregated these two groups. The result has been a handicapped system in which the career ministers, who are a minority of the church, have assumed the majority of the work of the ministry. Meanwhile the rest of the body of Christ, the vast, overwhelming majority, have been taught that they are not qualified for ministry and have been reduced to a crowd of spectators.
But when Ephesians 4 talks about the role of the apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, and evangelists, the concept that emerges is very different from what’s been modeled in the contemporary church. The New Testament pattern according to Ephesians 4:12 is for those in fivefold ministry offices to serve the body of Christ by equipping the saints for the work of the ministry. So, if the body of Christ were compared to a football team, those in fivefold ministry would be the water boys, serving the team and helping to keep them equipped, refreshed and out on the field winning the game.
The real ministers and ambassadors of God’s kingdom to the world, the real players on the field, are the hundreds of millions of blood-washed saints who make up the body of Christ.
My friend, God wants to use the gifts, talent, and calling He’s given you to impact the world! So today, wherever you are, use your sphere of influence as a platform to further His kingdom and bring glory to God.
This is Daniel Kolenda
encouraging you to live before you die.
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