To Love The Lord, John 4:23-24 & Ephesians 5:18-20.
To Pray For Worldly People, See Isaiah 56:7 & Mark 11:17 & Matthew 9:37-38, Romans 12:12.
To Teach Truth & Proclaim Christ, Matthew 28:18-20, Ephesians 3:8-11.
To Serve The Disadvantaged & Oppressed, Matthew 25:34-46, 1st John 3:17-19.
To Train The Faithful, 2nd Timothy 2:2, Ephesians 4:11-13.
Obviously there is not one single Christian that can do all of these things really well, that is why we are a body with several members. However, every Christian can fulfil God’s purpose. So in which of these purposes do you really succeed? There is a list of gifts which God describes the church sharing in, read the entire chapter of Romans 12. Surely there are a few things you can excel in, and/or at least try each of them.
The Purpose of Christ for the church in…
…PROPHECY, v6, is to show our faith in his second coming and our resurrection.
…SERVICE, v7, 11, is to show energetic integrity while pointing people to the spiritual purpose of labor.
…TEACHING, v7, is to share the knowledge of Christ.
…ENCOURAGEMENT, v8, is to comfort & strengthen each other’s hearts.
…GIVING, v8, 13, is to be generous in helping the poor.
…LEADERSHIP, v8, is to set an example of enthusiasm.
…KINDNESS, v8, to show people how to cheerfully treat each one other with God’s goodness.
…LOVE, v9-10, to be devoted in doing what is best for others at the expense of your self.
Every single gift given to us as Christians, individually members of the church, has a purpose. God’s love (agape) should be seen in that gift and/or talent, see 1st Corinthians 16:14. Agape is a much celebrated word, found in over 47 verses of the Gospels, and in over 32 verses of the Epistles and the Revelation. However, it is surprising that there is not a single verse in Acts which has the word agape! Why? Simply because God’s love is seen in action throughout all 28 chapters of Acts. Love is not just talked about in the church, love is shown in the church. So today the love of God continues to be spread by each Christian through this living message, acting out the grace and knowledge of Christ in you. How do you fulfill the purpose of Christ in your daily life? See 1st John 3:18.
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wearing away our inner self is being renewed day by day. – 2 Corinthians 4:16, See Ephesians 4:23.
God has given humans five physical senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. Metaphorically, He has given believers spiritual equivalents: spiritual eyes to see His truth, Ephesians 1:17-18, spiritual ears to hear His word, Acts 2:37, and spiritual taste buds too, as the Psalmist says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8). The word of Christ is likened to milk, meat & bread. Christians also can sense, “the aroma of Christ” (2 Corinthians 2:15-16). There is also the spiritual sense of touching our hearts, (Hebrews 4:12 & Luke 24:32). Our hearts are where we discover our talents/gifts, so grow, share and use them to fulfil God’s purpose in your daily life.