In Ephesians 4 the apostle Paul talks about unity and maturity in the body of Christ. We all have a part to play not just in our jobs and vocations but also have an integral part to play in the life of the church. He even says, "To each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it" (vs 7). Paul follows this up by saying that there are, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers who equip his people for works of service so that the body of Christ may be built up. (vs 11-12).
Ultimately, Paul views the church as a body. He says, "From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in live, as each part does its work" (vs. 18). Do you see it? Every single part of the body does its work. When one part of the body is not functions properly the entire body is affected.
So here is what we must do. We must find our calling in this world while at the same time we must discover as Jesus followers the role we play in the church body. Again, we could ask many of the same questions we asked about vocation but now through the lens of our calling in the church:
- What do I love to do in the church family?
- What am I passionate about?
- What are the doors that God has opened for me?
- Who has God brought into my life?
- How can I be used in the church to help with the unity of the body?
- What gifts, talents and abilities do I have that I can use to serve God's family?
Being apart of a family often takes work. Practically, there are things that need to be done to be a family and it takes all of us with our sleeves rolled up to see the church reach full unity. So...
What part do you play?