Lutz Campus

18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd.
Lutz, FL 33548

Idlewild at The Springs

8209 N 19th St
Tampa, FL 33604

Iglesia Bautista Idlewild

Main Campus, Student Building, Hall 2
 

Pray for Action

Pray for Action

 

“But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.” (Ephesians 4:7)

Some hospitals are currently using a device that somehow tracks the unique blood flow pattern of patients. Apparently each person’s blood flow is so unique that they can be identified simply by laying a hand flat on the device for a few seconds.

It has been established for some time that each person has a distinct DNA, physically. Have you considered that this is also true with regard to your spiritual gift? God’s grace that He gives for salvation comes with many blessings including His enablement.

Ephesians 4:7 shows that by His grace he freely measures out a unique gifting to each of us. We are familiar with lists of God’s gifts in Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12 and later in Ephesians 4, and have been taught that each believer has a gift such as teaching, encouragement, administration, giving, etc. This passage takes our understanding a step further.

These gifts are not a cookie cutter style in which every gift of the same name is exactly the same in make-up or mixing. God, like a great designer, measures out a unique blend of gifting to each believer according to how he or she is to serve or contribute in the body. It is as if each gift has its own DNA. John MacArthur writes that each gift is as unique as a finger print or a snowflake, or even as if God is the artist mixing paint colors of gifting on his palette. God gives the gifts and we receive. There is no need to ask for a gift or to desire something we did not receive. God gives according to His riches and His perfect, sovereign Kingdom purposes.

Each believer in the body of Christ has tremendous value. No two individuals have the same purpose or task and no one takes the place of one who does not put the gift to use. The Church and the world will be deficient of intended blessings through the church if these wonderful unique gifts lay idle. Paul constantly prayed for Timothy and he exhorted him to fan into flame the gift he had received. (2 Timothy 1:3, 6)

Chapter one of Ephesians records Paul’s prayer for knowledge for the church. His prayer for enablement is in chapter three and leads toward this gifting in Chapter four. I invite you to pray that believers will employ their unique gifts that God has given to enable and bless the body of Christ all for His glory.

Greg Murphy – Minister, Family Care