"God has appointed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then those who perform miracles, those who have gifts of healing, those who help others, administrators, and those who speak various kinds of languages." (1 Corinthians 12:28)NIV
Can everyone say out loud, “I HAVE A PURPOSE IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD!”
GREAT! Now, let’s begin to discuss what Kingdom purpose is.
In 2002, Pastor Rick Warren wrote an NY Times bestselling book “A Purpose Driven Life” to give clarity to the Body of Christ regarding many questions that most people have asked themselves at one time or another concerning their purpose in life. Warren sums it up with the question, “What on earth am I here for?”
Good question, right? You may have even wondered about specific traits that come easy for you and are hard to others or notice certain skillsets that you excel in. These are the blueprint of the unique qualities that our Creator fashioned and formed in His masterpiece that is YOU.
At this moment, I need to remind someone:
YOU are not a mistake. Neither are YOU an accident or an afterthought.
Also, King David discovered this truth about himself and penned a psalm of praise:
“Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous--how well I know it.” (Psalm 139:14)NLT
God in His love planned and designed for us to fulfill His divine will in the earth. Individually, we are unique and diverse for a specific purpose in that plan. However, collectively, we make up a larger interdependent unit with Jesus being the Supreme Leader (Head) over it all. This unit is known as The Body of Christ.
The Apostle Paul compares the Body of Christ to the human body in its function and interdependent qualities:
“The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.” (1Corinthians 12:12) NLT
Yes, the Body of Christ is made up of many members (born-again believers), unified together for one mission: To grow and mature in Christ, understanding who we are in Him; that we may be equipped to carry out His ministry to a dying world.
The Apostle Paul states it this way:
"…to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:12-13)NLT
Now, here is where you and I come in. God in His divine wisdom planned for each one of us to have a specific role in His Kingdom. In His design, He formed each one of us with unique talents, gifts, and abilities according to His divine will in order to bring Him glory (great praise and honor).
So then, our purpose in the Kingdom of God is about maximizing those gifts, talents, and abilities and use them strategically for the specific role/calling that He planned for our lives.
Not only does God give us a purpose in the Kingdom of God, but in His generosity, He also gave us gifts. It is written:
“ This is why it says: "When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people."(Ephesians 4:8) NIV
Here the Apostle points out Jesus, as the Great Conqueror, Who conquered all of our spiritual enemies of death, Satan, and sin; then in victorious triumphant glory imparted every spiritual gift of the Holy Spirit upon His beloved Body of Christ.
These spiritual gifts to the Body of Christ vary in operation and distinction; some are even specifically given to establishing offices within the Church. They are apostles, prophets, evangelists, teachers, and pastors. (Ephesians 4:11) However, today we are more familiar with evangelists and pastors/preachers that employ spiritual gifts as the Holy Spirit leads them in service.
Other gifts are: The word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, diverse kinds of tongues, interpretation of tongues (1 Corinthians 12:4-11) KJV
What does this all mean?
It means that each member of the Body of Christ is uniquely gifted for service. We are indebted to our heavenly Father to make His priorities of soul-winning and equipping one another our priorities. We must realize that we are living in the end times and Jesus is returning for His beloved Church soon. When Jesus returns, it will be too late to labor for His kingdom.
“ We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work.” (John 9:4)NLT
And for those that are working in their Kingdom assignment, I pray that you will continue to “stir up the gift” that was given to you by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Fan the flames of zeal and fervency for soul-winning, and compel those in your spheres of influence that Jesus saves.
My prayer for you:
Father, I pray for every reader today. First, I pray for those that desire to be a part of the Kingdom of God. I pray that you would save all those that call on your name. Everyone that calls on the name of Lord will be saved. Secondly, I ask You to reveal Kingdom purposes to those that desire to know their place in the Kingdom of God. You made us kings, queens, princes, and princesses in Your Kingdom. Help everyone to understand the authority that you have given us in Your Kingdom. Stir up the gifts among your servants and grant them power in the Holy Spirit to accomplish great exploits in You. I pray these things in order that You receive all the honor and the glory, In Jesus’ name, Amen.
In His service,
Grace, love, and blessings to all
https://www.9marks.org/review/purpose-driven-life-rick-warren/. (Accessed, November 2, 2017)
http://biblehub.com/commentaries/benson/ephesians/4.htm. (Accessed, November 6, 2017)