11And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: –Ephesians 4:11-12 ( KJV)
The people in position are positioned for a divine purpose. These pastors, teachers, prophets and others are in position “for the perfecting of the saints.” Paul went on to say in the next verse: 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 fulness of Christ.
Which “perfect man?” How does that relate to “the knowledge of the Son of God?” How does it fit with the “fulness of Christ?”
The church has work to do. Much of the work that we hear about in church deals with good works that cause the church to interact with those outside of the church. However, that work is of little or no effect if the people in place have not been taught and trained o perform that work “in the unity of faith” or up the “fulness of Christ.” That’s why these others are in position.
The risen Jesus Christ ascended and gave men spiritual gifts through the Holy Spirit. He did not give men positions without supplying them the gifts to fulfil the calling on their lives. These individuals are in position within the local church to perfect the saints in the perfect image of Christ. Their work is the work that sets up and supports people “for the work of the ministry” and “for the edifying of the body of Christ.”
If you hold one of these positions or one of a similar title like bishop, elder, minister or reverend, then you need to handle your calling with care. You need to handle the people under your leadership with care. You have work to do with these people. God expects fruit to come forth through them and their efforts, but He wants you to do your part in building them up for the work. You are in position them to ready them for the work that is to be carried out by them.
Don’t take the assignment lightly. We should be building up saints in order to establish an army of working saints. The work at hand is about perfecting saints.