Fear Not

Ben Aguilera

Read: Ephesians 4:9-16

The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers. (v. 11 NRSV)

I love being a pastor because I get to see faith come alive in people, in different ways. Everyone has something they’re passionate about. For some, it’s discussion of a book. Others love to get their hands dirty in service projects. Still others are faithful in prayer. Having so many ways to engage our faith helps us live out our different God-given gifts.

The gifts listed in Ephesians 4 can sound a little intimidating, yet that doesn’t mean they aren’t present in churches today. Try reading them this way. Instead of the word “prophets,” read “encouragers,” people who challenge others to live fully for Jesus. Read the word “apostles” as “creators,” people who help others see, feel, and touch the love of God. Instead of the word “evangelists,” read “inviters.” These are the people who welcome strangers, helping them get involved in the life of the community. Instead of “pastors” read “caretakers” to name those who have a deep compassion for the needs of the people. Finally, instead of “teachers,” read “communicators,” those who make the gospel understandable and clear.

Hopefully you are able to find yourself on that list. We have all been given different gifts and capabilities to spread the Good News. Let’s not be afraid to live out whatever true gifts God has given us! —Ben Aguilera

Prayer: Lord, give us the strength to embody and live out the gifts you have given us. Amen.