Ephesians 4:11-12 makes it clear that we have all been given gifts from God, but we're not always clear those gifts are given to serve God and others. Jack Doney, our Director of Worship, talks about the significance of this passage in three key parts: 1) equipping us inwardly to prepare and train 2) working outwardly for the good of ministry and 3) building upwardly, investing in God's Kingdom and others.
Jesus often delays but He is never late! Mary was upset that Jesus had delayed coming to Lazarus and he died. Jesus used this to demonstrate who He is through raising Lazarus from the dead but it was also an important lesson for Mary and for us, trust Jesus' timing!
Jesus continues with his encounter with the Pharisees as we come to the end of Chapter 10.
“My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” As followers of Jesus, our eternal life is secure and that can never change!
Storms in our life bring us to a point of reliance on Jesus. It could have been easier for the disciples to have never jumped in the boat with Jesus only to find themselves amidst a storm on the water, but without that storm they would have not experienced Jesus and grown their faith. Don’t be afraid to go through storms but make sure you have Jesus there with you.