3 Reasons to Use Your Gifts

Purpose for Every Christian in the Church

But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ (Ephesians 4:7). The “grace” that is given (Greek charis) is a distribution by the Holy Spirit of “gifts” (same Greek word) to every believer (I Corinthians 12:4–11). Why should you use your gifts?

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Seventeen different “gifts” are listed in three New Testament passages (Romans 12:3–8I Corinthians 12:4–10Ephesians 4:11), all of them intended by the Holy Spirit to minister to the church and to enhance her unity (Romans 12:3I Corinthians 12:12Ephesians 4:12).

Three reasons are cited for these gifts (Ephesians 4:12):

  • “The perfecting of the saints” 

A process that describes making something useful or suitable that is not yet adequate. James and John “mended” their nets (Matthew 4:21). Paul prayed that he might supply that which was “lacking” (I Thessalonians 3:10). The “gifts” of the Holy Spirit “mend” that which is “lacking” in the saints.

  • “The work of the ministry” 

A joint effort of service (II Corinthians 6:1) that recognizes the public visibility of that service (II Corinthians 4:1,2) and steadfastly displays those gifts so that the “ministry be not blamed” (II Corinthians 6:3).

  • “The edifying of the body of Christ” 

A focused use of the gifts on the enrichment and betterment of the local assembly of believers (I Corinthians 14:5,12,26).

Use Your Gifts: What is the goal?

The goal is to bring “all” (the saints) to a state of doctrinal unity, (“the faith”) so that our maturity can be compared to “the fulness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13), eliminating susceptibility to “every wind of doctrine,” growing up “into Him in all things,” and building the body “joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love” (Ephesians 4:14–16).

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  1. I sing in my church choir, not to be seen by men, but to raise my voice to he who gave me the ability to do so. I attempt to always live 1 Peter 3 : 15 by commenting on ICR posts, and emphasizing the gentenses and respect. I realize that most of those reading my posts are either already Christians or hard shelled atheists, but hopefully I might turn some and encourage others to do as I do, rather than lose their cool and reinforce the arguments against biblical living. I have worked with the FamilyLife organization for almost 20 years to stand for biblical marriage and help those who are struggling. I don’t do what I do to in anyway to earn my salvation, but to say thank you to God for making it possible.