Truth be told, I am God’s gift to the world

April 10, 2011 - Leave a Response

Inspired by Ephesians 4:7-12 and the sermon ‘a church unwrapped’ by Antioch Church

In ancient times upon winning a battle the army would return with gifts for the nation, Eph. 4:7-12 refers back to David’s prophetic vision in psalm 68 that a glorious king (Jesus) would win an epic battle (His death and resurrection) and upon going back to his home bestowed gifts upon his people (spiritual gifts)

But the gifts of the spirit that we have been given are not given from God to us, for us. Rather To us for something greater. If the gift inside of us is left unwrapped and and not given we are robbing God of giving gifts to His Bride. The gift inside of you is a wrapped present for the Bride of Christ. For the Church. You are God’s gift to the world.

Yet there are many unwrapped gifts in the church, for many reasons. Feeling unworthy, uncalled, broken, in bondage. hey… isn’t that the leaders job? to minister? Checkout Eph. 4:11: It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers (THE COMA HERE ISN’T IN THE ORIGINAL TEXT OF THE BIBLE) to equip God’s people for works of service. That word equip in Greek was translated to mean to restore something back so that it would work functionally again, and to mend the nets. The leaders job in the church is to help restore the people in their church to function the way God created them to be, to help mend their nets so that in return they can minister!

upon serving in a church you aren’t serving Sue, or Tom. You’re serving God. It is impossible to have a healthy growing marriage if you aren’t serving your spouse. You can’t be a self centered always taking spouse. In the same regards it is impossible to have a healthy growing marriage to God if you aren’t serving Him.

church isn’t about flashy lights, hip music and a quick talkin’ pastor. It’s about people unwrapping the gift inside and ministering to the hurt and the needs of each other. Upon doing this (The Unwrapped Church) is what verse 12 describes as the body. In fact if we are unwrapping the gifts inside of us and giving them away as ministry and service then we begin to look like separate parts working together as one being, a living being… we begin to look like Christ.

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