spiritual gifts (7)
In the context of Paul listing some of the spiritual gifts in Ephesians 4:11, he also lists character qualities that must accompany these gifts.
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:1–3)
If any one of these qualities is missing in using of our gift, our ministry will be ineffective, self-centered and misrepresent the Giver of the gift. Not only that, but we will miss the purpose for which the gifts were given; “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” and that “we all attain to the unity of the faith…to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (4:12-13). A mature church will multiply rapidly!
Can you see the enormous growth that will take place when we see our gifts and use them for God’s purpose and eternal glory? The possessor of the gift becomes smaller as God uses the gift through us to accomplish His plan for the church, the Bride of Christ. God becomes greater because it is His power working in us by His Spirit through the gift He has given.
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