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The Purpose of Your Gifts

We talked a little bit about each one of us having gifts from God. Let's look at the purpose of our gifts. Ephesians 4:11 says 'And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers.' Notice, the Word says 'He Himself gave some to be.' These are the leaders of the body of Christ. If you are a Pastor, you are an under-shepherd. Jesus is the Chief shepherd. The congregation of the church you have been made steward of is not your people. You are to watch over them, but they are God's people. Anyway, each office of the five-fold ministry has a purpose. The purpose is explained in Ephesians 4:12-13 which says 'for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.' The five-fold ministry is present for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry. What is the work of the ministry? It's the ministry of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 says 'Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.' Once you are saved, you are now a minister of reconciliation. It means that God counts on you to tell someone else what wonderful things that God has done for you. If each one of us would tell at least one other person about the love of God and the redeeming power of the blood of Jesus Christ, just think what could happen! Don't be like the servant who was given one talent and just buried it and did nothing with it. Jesus told His disciples at the last part of Matthew 10 verse 8 'Freely you have received, freely give.' Tell others what you have received of the Lord Jesus, which is salvation. Tell others your testimony. Give others an opportunity to receive what you have been given. That is the purpose of your gifts.

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