Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:
The Book of Ephesians lists what is sometimes referred to a Fivefold Ministry gifts who are called to the ministry to develop Believers in their call/ministry Ephesians 4:11, 12. These offices of ministry require a gift of God’s grace. All Believers are to be ministering people, or ministers in one sense of the word but do not stand in these offices because all are called to serve in some way.
Each Believer has a calling to ministry. The word for calling or being called in the following verses (Romans 1:6, 7; 1 Corinthians 1:26; Ephesians 4:1; Philippians 3:14; 2 Timothy 1:9; 2 Peter 1:10) means to call out by name; to call aloud; to summons or call toward. That calling is simply the will of God and work of God for their life. The word “church” means called‑out ones. The initial call is to salvation out of darkness. After salvation, it is a call to service.
Each Believer is given gifts, just like those in the Fivefold Ministry are given gifts, to empower and enable them to do what they are called to do. Believers are what they are by birth, training, and experience, but they are also someone by the grace of God First Corinthians 15:10 says, “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” This grace is the deposit of God within, the divine influence upon their heart, the divine enablement working in them Romans 12:4, 5; Ephesians 4:7. This grace is working grace or grace that works in them both to will and to do of God’s good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). In several verses it gives us the idea that this grace is like Divine energy that works in us:
- Ephesians 1:19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to usward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, (working – energy; energeia).
- Ephesians 3:7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power (effectual working – energy; energeia).
- Ephesians 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love (effectual working – energy; energeia).
- Philippians 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure (worketh; energeo).
- Colossians 1:29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily (labor; working; worketh; kopiao; energeia; energeo).
- Hebrews 13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever (working (poieoo; producing). Amen.
It is the great equalizer and compensating factor to human inadequacy and human insufficiency. There seems to be a lot of Believers today that are too tired to do the work of the ministry. Some even attribute it to being burned out. A lot of what people relegate to being “burned out” could be the result of resisting the working of God. In a fight between the mighty working of God’s energy versus human strength, who do you think would wear out first?