July 22 – United: Church – Ephesians 4

Read Ephesians 4:11-16

I have been blessed to be able to serve on the worship team at Grace Church for several years now as bass guitar player.  We have a wonderful team that comes together on a weekly basis to lead the congregation in worship.  We have amazing leaders who prepare our hearts on a weekly basis.  Our tech team is remarkable; individuals on camera, lighting, sound; people behind the scenes putting it all together.  We have some of the most talented singers and musicians around.  And none of it would be possible without the other. All of us have our role to play to make it fit together like a puzzle.  I often wish I had the vocal abilities of my daughter, Taylor.  However, God did not bless me with a beautiful voice.  But I still have a role on the team and part of the body.

Ephesians 4:11-16 tells us, “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelist, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 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 waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.  Instead, speaking the truth in love, we grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.  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”.

Just as our worship team has many parts, so does the body of Christ.  If the band is not playing in unison, then we will sound awful.  If the lights flicker randomly or the sound is not just right, the entire worship experience would be distracting.  If the words to the songs are wrong or out of place, how would the congregation follow?  Every role is important.  As it is with the body of Christ.

Do you know how many volunteers it takes to pull off a service every week?  Some people are using their God given abilities to serve the church.  To build up and grow the kingdom.  Did someone greet you when you came in to church?  Were you directed where to go?  Did you drop your children off in the children’s ministry where your kids will hear the gospel every week?  Did someone pour you coffee?

What is your gift?  How are you contributing to the body of Christ?  Not all of us are called to preach, teach, sing or greet.  But you do have a gift that God can use.  I used to be scared to death to serve.  But I am beyond thankful and blessed to be doing so!

Nate Mills 

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