To Prepare God’s People

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 317 - Ephesians 4:11-13 - To Prepare God's People - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 317 – Ephesians 4:11-13 – To Prepare God’s People – Growing As Disciples

It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,  to prepare God’s 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 4:11-13 (NIV)

My Role

That has been a big question for me. What has been a big question for you? What is my role in the body of Christ? What is my role in your church? What work have you assigned to me? How do you want to prepare me to do the work you have given me to do for you? I noticed that you said this has been a big question for you. Is it less of a question for you now? Yes, I finally feel like I have found my place and my role in your body. That’s good. I would agree. You are doing the work that you have been prepared to do. That’s good to hear.

You do have some questions. You do have some concerns. You do have some frustrations. Yes, I do. Tell me about them. I’m not sure that leaders in the church have gotten the message. I’m not sure that leaders in the church understand their primary role. I’m not sure that the members in your body understand their primary role either. How so? Leaders like apostles and prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers are supposed to prepare and build up the members of the body to do the work of ministry. That is correct. What do you see happening? I see leaders doing most, maybe nearly all the work of ministry. They become overworked and heavily burdened and burn out because there is too much work to be done. That’s not good. No, it’s not. That is only half the problem. What else do you see? I see large numbers, maybe most, of the members of the body becoming underutilized spectators. They are weak, untrained, inadequately prepared and insufficiently built up. Seldom do they discover and use the gifts you have given to them. Seldom do they find the role in ministry that you have prepared for them. That’s not good either. No, it’s not. That is not all the problem either. How so? Underutilized members of your body, that have become spectators, will not be able to bear much fruit for your kingdom. Nor will they be able to bring much glory to your name. They will not shine as brightly for you in the world as you intend. They will not grow up fully in their faith. They will not become fully like you in loving and serving others. No, they will not. 

Do you have a prayer? Do you have a request? Yes Lord, help me to be prepared as I prepare others. Help me to be built up so I can build others up. Help me to do the work of ministry as I also help others do the work of ministry. Help me to find my role in your body as I help others find their role in your body. Let none of your body become spectators. Engage us all in your work. Help us all to become more and more like you as we love, follow and serve you. I will hear and answer this prayer of yours. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, I want to find and fulfill my role in your body, the church. Help me to be prepared and built up to do the work of ministry you have assigned to me. Help me to become more like you as I remain rooted and growing and serving others in your body. Amen

Key Question… How have you allowed yourself to be prepared and built up to do the work of ministry?

Living It Out… Allow yourself to be prepared and built up so that you will be able to do the work of ministry.

Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will use the body of Christ to prepare and build you up to do the work of ministry.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are fulfilling your role in the body of Christ.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you allow yourself to both be prepared and prepare others to do the work of ministry.

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To Prepare

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 317 - Ephesians 4:11-13 - To Prepare - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 317 – Ephesians 4:11-13 – To Prepare – Growing As Disciples

It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,  to prepare God’s 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 4:11-13 (NIV)

My Role

That has been a big question for me. What has been a big question for you? What is my role in the body of Christ? What is my role in your church? What work have you assigned to me? How do you want to prepare me to do the work you have given me to do for you? I noticed that you said this has been a big question for you. Is it less of a question for you now? Yes, I finally feel like I have found my place and my role in your body. That’s good. I would agree. You are doing the work that you have been prepared to do. That’s good to hear.

You do have some questions. You do have some concerns. You do have some frustrations. Yes, I do. Tell me about them. I’m not sure that leaders in the church have gotten the message. I’m not sure that leaders in the church understand their primary role. I’m not sure that the members in your body understand their primary role either. How so? Leaders like apostles and prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers are supposed to prepare and build up the members of the body to do the work of ministry. That is correct. What do you see happening? I see leaders doing most, maybe nearly all the work of ministry. They become overworked and heavily burdened and burn out because there is too much work to be done. That’s not good. No, it’s not. That is only half the problem. What else do you see? I see large numbers, maybe most, of the members of the body becoming underutilized spectators. They are weak, untrained, inadequately prepared and insufficiently built up. Seldom do they discover and use the gifts you have given to them. Seldom do they find the role in ministry that you have prepared for them. That’s not good either. No, it’s not. That is not all the problem either. How so? Underutilized members of your body, that have become spectators, will not be able to bear much fruit for your kingdom. Nor will they be able to bring much glory to your name. They will not shine as brightly for you in the world as you intend. They will not grow up fully in their faith. They will not become fully like you in loving and serving others. No, they will not. 

Do you have a prayer? Do you have a request? Yes Lord, help me to be prepared as I prepare others. Help me to be built up so I can build others up. Help me to do the work of ministry as I also help others do the work of ministry. Help me to find my role in your body as I help others find their role in your body. Let none of your body become spectators. Engage us all in your work. Help us all to become more and more like you as we love, follow and serve you. I will hear and answer this prayer of yours. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, I want to find and fulfill my role in your body, the church. Help me to be prepared and built up to do the work of ministry you have assigned to me. Help me to become more like you as I remain rooted and growing and serving others in your body. Amen

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May Be Built Up

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Discipleship - Ephesians 4:11-13 - May Be Built Up - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Discipleship – Ephesians 4:11-13 – May Be Built Up – Growing As Disciples

It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s 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 4:11-13 (NIV)

Prepare Others 

I have called you to come to me. I have called you to follow me. I have called you to serve me. I have richly blessed your life. I have given you gifts and talents and abilities to be used to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. How will I will bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name? You will use your gifts and talents and abilities to help prepare people for works of service so that my body can be built up. You are not to simply serve me, but you are to also help others to serve me. I want to multiply your efforts through your preparing and building others up to serve me.

Let me ask you a question. I’m listening. When you came to me, were you ready to serve me. No, not really. Oh, maybe I could serve you in some small ways. Yes, and that is what you did. You started serving me in small ways right away. That was very good, make no mistake about that. Every day that you have followed and served me you have become more prepared to serve me in larger and greater ways. How did I prepare you to serve me? Who did I use to prepare and build you up to serve me? You brought people into my life that taught me how to love and follow and serve you. They gave me a good example to follow. They showed me how to live my life with and for you. Through them, you prepared me to be used in your service. Through them, you built me up as a member of your body. Yes, I did.

What would have happened to you if some of my faithful followers never helped prepare and build you up to serve me? I would have never progressed. I would have never grown. I would have never developed. I would have gone on serving you in small, almost infantile ways. That’s true. But, they took the time. They invested their lives in yours. They did not just serve me through their own efforts. They took the time to prepare and build you up so that you could serve me with your efforts. Yes, they did and I am so thankful for the people that have invested their lives in my life. That is very good. 

Will you invest your life in the lives of others? Will you prepare others to serve me? Will you use your gifts, and talents and abilities to help build up my body? Will you allow your efforts to be multiplied through the efforts of others? Yes Lord, I will. Then you will truly bear an abundance of fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name.

Lord, thank you for calling me to serve you. You have used others to prepare me for service and build up your body. I have benefited from their labor. Use the gifts, talents and abilities you have given me to also prepare others for service and build up your body. Amen

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