“However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ….As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love” (Ephesians 4: 7,16, NLT).
These verses are the opening and closing of a section in which the Apostle Paul describes the spiritual giftings or specialties God bestows “to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ” (vs. 12).
So, we are like the construction crew for God’s great building project–the Church. Each one of us is a specialist in some phase of construction.
Maybe you are a frame carpenter, a finish carpenter, a bricklayer, a carpenter’s helper, a roofer, an electrician, or even an architect (or apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, or teacher–vs. 11).
Whatever your specialty, God gives you this special spiritual ability so you can help with His building project.
But, if you don’t know what your spiritual specialty is yet, then ask God to show you because we need your help to finish the job!
“And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple.” (1 Peter 2:5, NLT)