A Card Carrier’s Priorities
Works of Service – Part 1
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:11-16
Key Verse: Ephesians 4:12
Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.
We’ve been looking at the priorities of a Card Carrying Core Member of God’s Kingdom. Jesus made it clear that loving God and loving others around us are two of the most important priorities of the Kingdom. However, the New Testament makes it clear that there are other priorities to be developed in our lives. Serving in God’s Kingdom, here on earth, is another very critical priority. Our scripture for today describes the gifts God gave the church which are apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and the teachers. God’s plan was to see the gathering of God’s believers to be organized into a working machine that would march into the future accomplishing the purposes of the Kingdom of God. These gifted “coaches” would work with the believers to train them in the work needed.
These coaches are to equip God’s people. For pastor’s, this gives us our job description; our life’s work. The pastor’s manual is the Bible and it is this Word of God that must be preached and taught in order for God’s people to be truly equipped. It is not the teacher’s or pastor’s wisdom that the church needs, but rather the Word of the Lord. That being true, it is the pastor’s responsibility to prepare his mind and heart to deliver the message that God wants His people to hear.
After the equipping of God’s people comes the serving. God’s people must get out of the “classroom” and into the serving fields. (Continued)
Father, help your people to serve you and your kingdom well, today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.