Identify Your Office And Operate Therein

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Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 that he would not want us to be ignorant of the truth concerning our calling as Christians and workers in the vineyard. Hosea 4:6 also emphasizes the danger of ignorance: My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge… Our Lord Jesus Christ emphasized the importance of knowing the truth in John 8:32: And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. In other words, lies hold people captive! In Proverbs 22:29 we read that a person who is diligent in his or her business shall stand before kings. In what business? The fellow is to be diligent in whatever is committed into his or her hands – academically, professionally, spiritually and in all other areas. Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou guest. – Ecclesiastes 9:10 The Scripture above emphasizes the need for diligence. In the light of today’s reading, let us consider some things worthy of learning: One, it is possible for Christians to be ignorant of facts about spiritual gifts. Two, there are many gifts in the body of Christ and every believer should possess at least one. Three, it is the Holy Spirit who distributes gifts to every believer as He chooses. Four, there are differences in the administration as well as division of labour. Thus, believers should beware of carrying out too many activities in the Church by themselves because it could be counter-productive. Five, though there are differences in operations from believer to believer, it is the same God through His Holy Spirit that works in all genuine believers. Six, the Holy Spirit then gives different assignments to different believers for the edification of the entire Body of Christ. Thus, we see that it is not for the fun of it that believers are endowed with one gift or another. Therefore, we come to the seventh lesson: no gift is either superior or inferior to another. For this reason, Apostle Paul further wrote to warn us against discriminating in the use of the spiritual gifts 1 Corinthians 12:15-17. Therefore beloved, let us work together as many members, but one indivisible Body of Christ – everyone playing his or her part as the Lord has given us enablement. We shall not miss our reward in Jesus’ name. Written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye.

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