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Ephesians 4:7

One Grace

7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.


The conjunction "But..." tells us that this is a continuation of Paul's call for unity in the church and it introduces an exception. There is one body, one Spirit, one Lord etc. There is also one grace in the sense that we all have sinned and come short of the glory of God; we all deserve eternal damnation; and each of us has received the same atonement for our sins through the blood of Christ. This is grace in its highest form but it is given in different measures to different individuals so that each might serve God's purpose in a different capacity.

The pure grace that is given to us through salvation has different effects on different people and carries different spiritual gifts to different people. We are one body, but we are many members with different measures of grace, different gifts, given according to God's will so that we will complement one another in accomplishing the work of His kingdom.

Paul wrote to the Roman church, saying, "For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith." (Romans 12:3) The grace given to him was the gift of preaching and ministering to them as an apostle. Through that gift, not through his own talent or self-righteousness, he called for the members of the church not to think more highly of themselves than they should, because the good spiritual gifts that they had were given to them by God.

The unity of the church can be very easily disrupted when certain members begin to think that they are more faithful, more gifted, or more righteous than the other members. This is a very common occurrence within the church. Twenty percent of church members do eighty percent of the work. That twenty percent often has a tendency to think that they are more important to the church, that they are more faithful to the work, or that they are in some way more saved than the others.

Paul said, however, that God has dealt every man the measure of faith that he has. We are not better than any other person in the church. Our desire to serve and our ability to serve are products of God's grace and not of ourselves. Each of us are also at different levels of spiritual maturity, and we must learn to teach and encourage those who have not reached the same level that we have reached.

The fact that each member has been given a different measure of the gift of Christ should be a unifying characteristic of the church, if it is properly understood. It should motivate us to minister to one another. Such ministry within the organization creates a strong bond of love, brotherhood and peace.

You may feel like an inferior Christian when in a room full of God's people, but you should take encouragement from this verse. Understand that God gives the measure of grace to each of us. You have exactly what He wants you to have. You have something very important to contribute to the work of Christ, even if it is just cleaning the church's restrooms so that other members have more time to evangelize the neighborhood. You are just as important as every other member and you will grow in your faith and spiritual maturity when you make up your mind to use what God has given you.

Some members have the grace to love and mentor new Christians. God has placed them in the church to minister to you. You should allow them to do what God has called them to do. Do not shy away from being helped or loved by them. You will be a blessing to them and to yourself, if you submit to their kindness.

Before The Throne:

Take an inventory of the gifts that God has given you. Pray that He will show you how to use them. Ask Him to help you grow in those spiritual gifts and in your willingness to use them. Ask Him to show you someone in the church who needs a friend to help them grow spiritually. Pray that you could be that friend.

For Further Study:

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** unto: Mat 25:15; Rom 12:6-8; 1Co 12:8-11, 28-30; ** grace: Eph 3:8; 2Co 6:1; 1Pe 4:10; ** the measure: Eph 3:2; Joh 3:34; Rom 12:3; 2Co 10:13-15;

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