This week, we will be jumping in feet first and studying Ephesians 4:11-13. Take some time and read the following passage. What stands out to you? How does it connect with what the Lord God is teaching you in this season of your life? Be sure to share in in the comments, and read the rest of the post for encouragement!
I hate leaving the blog segment for the weekends. Lately, I am not well enough to write until it is down to the wire. And I know, I am the only one putting pressure on myself to write weekly. I would love to have my health SO together, that we could eventually have two sets of Scriptures per a week, ya know? I am thinking about our next study, wondering how I can expect to be committed if it is only one post/day per week. If it is the Lord’s will, He will show me how to do so – right? So, we will pick up that discussion or concern for another day.
This week’s Scripture: Ephesians 4:11-13
11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.New Living Translation
When knee deep in affliction, it is far too easy to see our lives as “useless”. But, the Kingdom of God definitely shows us another way. Even when we are so physically weak we can barely move and cannot even hold our phones, we have this hope and encourage of two things:
1. We are forever held by our heavenly Father, because of our relationship with Him through Jesus Christ!
2. We get this amazing opportunity to impact others. By our words and actions, we are given this privilege to build up His Church!
Even though I haven’t stepped foot inside the church building in months
. . . . and most days are spent in bed,
the Lord our God has chosen to adopt and hire me to help equip His Church – and use this gifts I have been given.
He has given me the strength to get through the most frustrating health days, and help impact others (or equip by using the gifts He has given me to care for His people)
. . . And it is ALL for His Kingdom, for His glory, for His good pleasure, for His smile.
He can use, even the most broken lives… when we allow for Him to do so. Remember, He is near the broken hearted. And He definitely uses our struggles to help minister