Friday, September 25, 2020

Gifts and Graces 2

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Ephesians 4:8, 11-12 (NET) Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high he captured captives; he gave gifts to men.” It was he who gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, that is, to build up the body of Christ

One of the things Mrs. McClusky understood about gifts that Franka didn't understand initially was that gifts were given by the Lord for the sake of the edification of His body. After her interaction with Franka, Franka became fruitful in the administration of her spiritual gifts.

Franka was a gift to the body of Christ, but she did not know the purpose of gifts to the body nor did she know what exactly she was. Before she met Mrs. McClusky, she didn't know that God put her in the church for the sake of edifying the body. She assumed her gift was just meant for her and her family, so even when the Lord showed her things concerning people and she needed to share these things with them, she was too “shy” and “afraid” she would be rejected, so she kept them to herself and God's people suffered unnecessarily. When God showed her things in order for her to intercede, she didn't take the intersession as seriously as she should because she did not realize she was going to give an account to the Lord for her stewardship and use of the gifts He had graciously given her.

If God's people do not understand their gifts and the use thereof, the effect would be that the Church is not as edified as it should be.

If you are an apostle, prophet, evangelist, or pastor and teacher, you are a gift from the Lord to the church. He had a purpose in mind when he gave you. You must understand the purpose so that you would be fruitful.

Go into today remembering that your life does not belong to you but you have been bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:20) and you would appear before the judgment seat of Christ to give an account of your stewardship. You should give due deligence to understanding so that you would live a fruitful life.

Confession: I am a fruitful branch. I am a blessing to the body of Christ. I am fruitful in every good work and bring my heavenly Father pleasure, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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