Daily Devotion

GIFTED FOR GROWTH

GOD TALK
 
GIFTED FOR GROWTH
 
All believers are gifted. The gifts that are given are evidence of the Holy Spirit at work for the sake of Christ’s kingdom.
 
Paul references five specific gifts in Ephesians 4 and outlines their shared purpose—
 
            “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the
             shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of
             ministry, for  building up the body of Christ, until we all attain
             to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of
             God, to mature manhood to the measure of the stature of
             the fullness of Christ.” (vv,11-13)
 
When these spiritual gifts are applied, spiritual growth takes place. Maturity in Christ results. Paul also references the immature alternative—
 
            “…so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by
             the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by
             human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.” (v.14)
 
REFLECTION: We all have been blessed by having these spiritually
                           gifted people in our lives.