19 January 2009

Reflection on Ephesians 4:11-16

In the church we often say, "there are varieties of gifts but the same Spirit" (1 Corinthians 12:4)...indeed. There are many gifts, and these gifts all emerge from the Spirit. The trick (and it ain't no easy one) is to discern just what we are called to do, what we are called to be! But, there is some clue that we are to be "joined" and "knit together" in this work - that this work and this living is not a solitary, individualized project; it is a communal one, one in which we are called to be for each other, that we are called to do this work in concert. I pray that as we embark on all the challenges facing us, that we remember that the challenges are "ours" and not any one faction, alone!

~The Rev. Peter M. Carey

Ephesians 4:11-16

11The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. 14We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people's trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. 15But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body's growth in building itself up in love.

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