11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the [e]edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13
Every believer must do the work of God. We have been saved to work. Don’t let anyone deceive you that there nothing to do. Grace has not replaced the work of God. If there is anything at all, grace has empowered us to do the Father’s will.
There are two types of works. The first being the fact that there was a time, especially in the old testament, where the children of Israel thought that by the good they did, God was pleased. They had the belief that by the good they did, God was obliged to grant them their desires. However, the Lord made it clear that their good works couldn’t have saved them.
The second type is the work of God that every believer is ordained to do. In fact, if you are a child of God and have no idea about doing the works of the Father, then you haven’t come to terms with your true identity. Every child of God is born again to do the work of God – I will tell you why.
12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
God our Father has His own type of work. Now don’t mix it up with your understanding of work as it pertains to this world. His work has to do with the manifestation of both His will and good pleasure. This work glorifies His name and exalts His majesty. It is a work that reveals the results of His mighty accomplishments on the cross. It is His will to always make His power known in and through His saints on the earth.
For all that God does in your life, His purpose is to achieve His will and derive good pleasure. Our opening verse is clear in that, the main role of the pastor is to equip the saint for the work of ministry.
Let Every Of Your Life Be About The Work Of God
For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. 1 Corinthians 3:9
Katartismos is the Greek word translating equipping in our opening verse. The word simply means to make something or someone (in this case the “sheep” in the flock) completely adequate or sufficient for something. It also means to furnish. Therefore, the five-fold ministry has been released into the body of Christ to prepare the saints adequately to portray the result of the accomplished works on the cross.
The teachings of the pastor are to help you do the work of God. For example, whenever you insist to live a life of health, that is the work of God. When you refuse to be poor, that is the work of God. The work of God is not limited to only pastors – any life you live that brings glory to the name of the Father is His work in you. When you don’t allow your body to be used for fornication, it is also His work – praise the Lord.
You do the work of God each time you manifest the glory, nature, life, will, and pleasure of God in your daily walk. It is your reasonable service to do the work of God. Stay blessed
Further Reading: John 5:19-20, 2 Corinthians 5:18-21
Prayer For Today
Holy Father, I thank you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for your grace to do your work. I constantly manifest your will and glory in my walk here on the earth. . I refuse, and take a stand against the plans of the enemy in any area of my life. Amen