Emanna for 04/27/2019
We are Gifts to Bless Others
Eph 4:8 Therefore the Scripture says, "Having ascended to the height, He led captive those taken captive and gave gifts to men." (11) And He Himself gave some as apostles and some as prophets and some as evangelists and some as shepherds and teachers,
Words of Ministry
Not only the leading apostles and prophets are gifts, but
every member of the Body is a gift. For example, my little
finger is a gift to my body. It can do something for my body
that no other member can do. None of us should regard
ourselves as too small to be a gift. Sometimes it is the
smallest members who are the most useful and who render the
greatest comfort to the Body. Therefore, we all are gifts
given by Christ to His Body. Because of Christ's universal
traveling, we are no longer sinners, but sons of God,
trophies to the Father, and gifts to the Body.... We, the
saved ones, have been given not only to the church, but even
to the whole world. Thus, wherever we may go, we shall be a
great blessing to others.
In some of the foregoing messages I have pointed out that all
the saints can be today's apostles and prophets
[i.e. to be sent by God to someone to speak God's Word to them]
. In this message I would like to point out that we also can be evangelists, those who preach the good news, those who proclaim the glad tidings. As we contact people in our daily living, we need to tell them the good news. If we are faithful to do this, we are evangelists. We are also shepherds and teachers, those who take care of others and instruct them in the way of the Lord and in the things concerning God's economy.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Ephesians, pp. 327. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 9/18/97) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.