Did you know that, as a reborn christian, you're called to fulfill a specialised ministry? It's true and I've got some good news for you, and it's this: You don't have to be a bible college graduate, or have some grand title such as, Pastor, Teacher, Prophet, Evangelist, or Apostle to do this work.
It does not matter who you are or where you've come from, God has a work for you. You were ordained by God long before you were born or even conceived. 'For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do,' Ephesians 2:10 NIV.
Dear friends, God the Father chose you long ago and knew you would become his children...,' 1 Peter 1:2 TLB.
What is this work? It is to do your part to help the body of Christ grow and mature in love and Godly wisdom. Ephesians 4:16 NLT. Now your gifting could be either different or similar to other peoples' giftings, but God will use that gift and your unique personality to touch others on the spiritual journey we call life in Christ.
Okay then, lets consider for a moment the two types of growth:
1) Parasitic Growth
This kind of growth is extremely unhealthy. It is one sided growth where only one person does all the giving the other all the receiving. If you come out of a church service saying, "I didn't get anything out of that service, the chances are you're practicing parasitic growth. Parasitic growth is characterised by such statements as: Counsel me, pray for me, teach me, preach to me, but don't expect anything from me because I'm not ready to give.
Now if you're a brand new babe in Christ you may not have anything to give just yet, but once you've begun to taste the good word of God and you're starting to grow it's time to start practicing symbiotic growth (giving and receiving).
2) Symbiotic Growth
This kind of growth is where each part can not do without the other. Imagine the human body and all it's various parts (organs & systems) that work together in unison to make the whole body function in a healthy manor. Take any one of these parts away and that body will soon malfunction. It is the same with the body of Christ, each part needs the other to grow and mature.
Symbiotic growth is characterised by statements like: "Yes I have needs, but I'm willing to help you, I'm willing to give because I see that everyone will benefit."
Taking the human body as an example, Paul writes: 'Our bodies have many parts, but the many parts make up only one body when they are all put together. So it is with the “body” of Christ...Yes, the body has many parts, not just one part. If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. And what would you think if you heard an ear say, “I am not part of the body because I am only an ear and not an eye”? Would that make it any less a part of the body? Suppose the whole body were an eye—then how would you hear? Or if your whole body were just one big ear, how could you smell anything? But that isn’t the way God has made us. He has made many parts for our bodies and has put each part just where he wants it,' 1 Corinthians 12: 12,18
Instead of saying, "I'm going to church," say, "I am the church," and say, "I am a vital and important part of the body of Christ." This paradigm shift in your thinking will allow you to view yourself as being interdependent with all other parts (other beleivers) of the church, which in turn will cause you to become more readily available to fulfill your specialised ministry in this awesome spiritual organism called the body of Christ.
Our heavenly Father wants you and I to be a fully functioning part of His church. Now if you're not sure what your part is, ask Him. Begin seeking Him in prayer and He will reveal it to you. Remember His promise: "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." Matthew 7:7. Amen!
Have a blessed day