Jesus, who came down to us, who has redeemed us, and who has given us an eternal inheritance, has also given us grace, in the form of spiritual gifts. He has given the Church gifted people, like Apostles, prophets, evangelists and Shepherd/teachers, for one main purpose. We see it in v.12 – “to equip the saints for the work of ministry”. In this we begin to gain a vision of God’s divine plan for this body of believers called the “Church”. Christians are called to be serving in the Church and in the world for the purpose of being light in the darkness, to proclaim salvation in Jesus, to strengthen the faith of other believers, and to generally do things that bring glory to God.
Now a lot of people are going to declare that they have no idea how to do any of that. But remember that the Church is filled with all kinds of gifted people, and these gifted people are to be in the business of teaching you and me how to do all the things that we just said we should be doing. Prophets teach us how to listen for the Word of God. Shepherd/teachers teach us how to use the Word of God to care for people. Evangelists teach us how to share the Word with the lost. And so forth and so on.
So, as you think about functioning as part of a congregation, remember that God has given you gifts that He wants you to use to bless other people. And remember, too, to look to the other gifted people in the Church to help you learn how to do all the things God has called us to do as His voice in a lost world.