When Jesus returned to his place at the Father’s right hand, he did not leave the church helpless. Of course, we have the Holy Spirit (wow!), but Christ also provided gifts for each of God’s children: abilities that are to be used to build each other up. Those in leadership (prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers, etc.) have a special responsibility to equip the church to do God’s work. We should view these people as a great blessing in our lives.
Questions for further thought:
1. What gifts do you have that can be used to build up others within the church?
2. When tempted to criticize others within the Body, especially leaders, what can you do to pursue unity instead?
Challenge: This week, thank someone for using their gifts to serve God and build up the church. Also praise God for providing that gift!
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