You are Vital, and Not Enough

July 8, 2021

11 And he himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12 equipping the saints for the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son, growing into maturity with a stature measured by Christ’s fullness. 14 Then we will no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit. 15 But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into him who is the head—Christ. 16 From him the whole body, fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building up itself in love by the proper working of each individual part.

Ephesians 4:11-16

Written by Brian Scott from the Brentwood Campus

My wife has this amazing ability to know where any item resides in our home at any given time. It’s amazing, really, and I do not have that gifting. Sometimes I can search for a half hour without success, only to ask my wife—who just knows.

On the other hand, the Lord apparently gave me an inner clock. I can’t really explain it, but most of the time, without looking at a clock, I will have an uncanny ability to know what time it is, or how much time has passed. Without checking any clock or timer, I’ll go downstairs to reach the oven within seconds of the buzzer going off for what we are cooking. That is not a gift my wife has. God has gifted each of us in ways that complement one another. We need one another.

The same is true of the Body of Christ. In our individualistic culture, we tend to believe we are complete in and of ourselves. Yet the Church is not a collection of spiritually independent individuals. Instead, it’s a body—the Body of Christ. We need one another. There are ways we all are gifted and ways in which we are all deficient. We cannot effectively function spiritually without the rest of the Body.

God has callings for every believer. He has special callings for some: to preach, to teach, to evangelize. But these gifts are for the purpose of building up the greater body, so that the ministry of Christ is accomplished by the proper working of all the individual parts. You are vital. I am vital. But neither you nor I are enough. God works by the power of His Spirit through the entire Body.

What a comfort to know that the Holy Spirit is the One who accomplishes His work through us. He does His work, not solely through me with all my shortcomings, nor through you, but through the entire Body of Christ. This takes place in our small groups, in our churches, and in every group of Spirit-filled believers around the world.

Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. If you are honest with yourself and with God, do you truly recognize your dependence on the Holy Spirit and your need for the rest of the Body to accomplish God’s purposes, or do you believe you can do it with your own abilities?
  2. How has God uniquely created and gifted you for the building up of the body?

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