Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up (Ephesians 4:11–12).

Since he was quite young, Jared had spent time in the woodshop with his grandfather, Mark, whose hobby had become a profitable business in his retirement years. Now in his twenties, Jared realized how many valuable skills he had learned. “Grandpa, I can remember you letting me help you when I was probably more of a nuisance than anything else.”

Mark just smiled. “I enjoy helping you learn as much as I enjoy the job itself. Someone needs to keep doing this after I’m gone.”

Those who serve in full-time ministry are there not only to support others in their Christian lives. They are gifts from Christ Himself, here to train the others to share the message of Christ. Get to know your pastor and others who work in your local church. With their help, you will learn to serve Christ more effectively in your daily life.

Challenge for Today: Look for opportunities to serve in your local church.

Quicklook: Ephesians 4:11–13

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