“And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ.” Ephesians 4:12
We all have different callings. Are desires are not all the same and we are all not always lead in the same direction. That is okay. God placed these different callings on our life in the first place. This verse says, “And He gave…” Who gave? God gave. God gave some the desire to be preachers, some the desire to be prophets, and others the desire to be teachers. What is important to remember is not what your title is but what your purpose is.
First Corinthians chapter 12 talks about the different spiritual gifts God has given us. These different spiritual gifts can be reflected in the titles that we receive here on earth, such a preacher, teacher, or evangelist. While it is important to remember that we all have been equipped with a variety of spiritual gifts, it is more important to remember the ultimate purpose these spiritual gifts are to serve. The verse in Ephesians mentions “building up the body of Christ” and the spiritual gifts discussed in 1 Corinthians chapter 12 are associated with building up the church. As followers of Christ we are to spread God’s word to non-believers. We are to build others up and help them to know as well as grow in Christ. The church has a huge part in this. Unfortunately, all to often the church and believers can get caught up in their title instead of in their Creator.
We were not put on this earth to simply fill a position or receive a title. We were put on this earth to serve our creator, Jesus Christ. The church and believers must remember this. Our ultimate purpose is not to see who is more spiritual than the other or whose title is better than the other, but our purpose is to show God’s love and bring others to Him, to build up the body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:4 says, “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.” Are you focused on your title or on your Creator?