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Ephesians 4:7-13 (NIV)
7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 8 This is why it says:“When he ascended on high,he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.”9 (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) 11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
This passage highlights several specific roles in the church. However, the people God calls into those roles are not the only ones who serve in the church or do ministry. In fact, their purpose is to equip the whole church to the work of service and ministry. The body that Jesus has breathed the Spirit into is the whole church! Each of us play a role and participate in ministry! Each of us have unique lives with unique families, social circles, occupations, schools, etc. in which we live. We each have unique opportunities to love and care for others. Where are you ministering today?