Sunday 13th May, 2018
Reference text: Ephesians 4:1-13
Ephesians 4:8,12 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
I know from experience that by asking a question differently, one gets the opportunity to obtain another answer. Hence, at the various stages of launching an inquiry, different question words like ‘what, who, why and how’, can be employed ; bearing in mind that each of these words demand an alternative approach to answering the questions associated with them as well as a different level of knowledge.
From the letter to the Ephesians, we see the use of the question word ‘why’, albeit in a reverse sense. An answer is given to the question ‘why do we have the different offices in the body of Christ?’ To this, three answers are offered:
1. For the perfecting of the saints
2. For the work of ministry and
3. For the edification of the body of Christ.
These are the reasons why these precious offices have been given as a gift to the body of Christ by God.
As I reflected on this ‘why’, a personal dimension of ‘why do I have the gifts that I have in my life?’ came to mind; hence, I also invite you to contemplate this question. We very easily make the words ‘I don’t even know why I have this, there is no use for it’, our bread and butter ‘. However, on many occasions, we speak these words without having had any reflection or consideration for the reasons behind our possession of some of the gifts and traits we have.
My dear,’ the why question’ is a big one because when we are successful in finding that answer in relation to the God-given purpose for the gifts we possess in our lives and in the lives of others, then we stand a better chance of making a bigger impact.
Remember # you have been given the gifts you possess for a reason, desire to find that out.