Ephesians 4:8, 11 (NET) Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high he captured captives; he gave gifts to men.” It was he who gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers.
Previously, we saw that God didn’t plan for Christians to receive all their spiritual nutrition from only one source. We got feedback from different people and it has become necessary to address the question of whether a single person cannot occupy more than one ministry office.
From today’s Bible text, we see that if you are an apostle or prophet or evangelist or pastor/and teacher, you are a gift to the body of Christ. These are callings that Christians may or may not fulfill. Paul was called to be an apostle. He fulfilled his calling.
Anyone can desire and may receive spiritual gifts he desires, but a ministry calling or office (the ones mentioned above) cannot be received that way. It is a divine eternal ordination.
Spiritual gifts are given to help people fulfill their calling to the body. Please don’t confuse a gift with a calling. A calling is an assignment.
From the New Testament, we haven’t seen any single person with more than one ministry calling. He may have various manifestations through which he fulfills this call or assignment (see Timothy 1:11 and Galatians 1:15). This concept of ministry gifts becomes easier to understand when we see them as assignments for which we have been equipped.
An apostle has the grace to operate in several gifts. But his calling is to be an apostle. One would have called Paul a pastor, a teacher, an evangelist, or even a prophet because he operated in gifts corresponding to all these assignments, but his calling was to be an apostle (see 1 Cor 1:1). All he did was in the fulfillment of his calling to be an apostle.
Go into today remembering that your Calling is your assignment in the kingdom. Gifts help you fulfill your assignment.
Ask the Lord to help you fulfill your calling in the kingdom.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
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