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In Ephesians 4:11-12, the Apostle Paul identifies specific spiritual gifts for the church. But this list is in no way comprehensive. A number of additional spiritual gifts are outlined in passages all throughout the Scriptures. (Other examples are provided in passages such as Rom 12:6–8; 1 Corinthians 12:8–10, 28–30; 1 Pet 4:10–11.) Passages such as these show that all followers of Christ are in full-time ministry. It isn’t just pastors and others, but all Christians are called into full-time ministry.
Honestly, this is one of the most significant teachings of the New Testament. A teacher may work in a public school, but as a follower of Jesus she now has the opportunity to reflect the love of God on dozens of students every day. A fisherman may have only a handful of colleagues, but he has the opportunity to pray for every family who will consume the fish caught every day. Whether you’re an electrician, plumber, police officer, business executive, stay-at-home parent, or anything else – God has given you one or more spiritual gifts to serve His people. As a follower of Christ, you’re in full-time ministry. And everything you do, you do as if you’re doing it for the Lord.
READING & PRAYERS:
EPHESIANS 4:11-16, COLOSSIANS 3:23-24 (If interested, feel free to read Rom 12:6–8; 1 Corinthians 12:8–10, 28–30; and 1 Pet 4:10–11.)
Do you consider yourself as being called to full-time ministry? If not, why not?
Do you know your spiritual gifts? How may God be inviting you to use them as part of your life and ministry?
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I recognize that there are times when I don’t think of myself as someone in full-time ministry. Today’s reading has been a reminder that my job may be part of what I do, but who You have called me to be and the purpose You have for my life is much greater than my job. Continue to reveal the specific calling You have for my life, and help me to remember that I have been called into full-time ministry. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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