11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. Ephesians 4:11-14,16
Once again, Paul brings to our minds the concept of “shared work” – God has not equipped all of us with the same abilities, we each have unique and important talents to help Him with the work of building His church here in our world – we have preachers, we have leaders, we have teachers, we have workers, etc. Even though we are individuals, we are part of that One Body – His Church. And what He desires is that we support and hold each other up in love and in a bond of peace.
Let us pray together : Dearest God, the architect of our lives, thank you for bringing diversity in our life. We are individual people, but also one body for you, using the talents you have given to us, to help each other learn about you, to help each other grow in Your sight, and to then take this knowledge and ability out to a world in need of You. Guide us Lord to use these abilities to their utmost, all to Your praise , and to the Glory of Your Son Jesus, in whose name we pray. Amen.
Yours in Christ , Rollie