18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them. (Psalms 68:18, KJV).
This psalm--when we relate it to it's corresponding verse in ephesians 4:7-8......
7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
........clearly states that God gave these gifts "unto every one of us" and in fact--as the psalm says--"yea, for the rebellious also"--These particular gifts--the "gift of Christ"--have been given to every one--regardless of whether they are saved or not! these gifts are literally born into us--we do not have to be "born again before we can receive these gifts--they are part of our creation--they are part of our unique soul. God made each and every person with gifts that are meant to be used to serve Him. What are these gifts?
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; (Ephesians 4:11, KJV).
These gifts are who we are all created to be. God has a calling upon each and every one of our lives--in His highest will--we are all called to be these people--to be apostles and evangelists and prophets and pastors and teachers. They are the gift of Christ --the gift of the anointing--they are your anointing from God--created in you to serve His will.
but do we recognize this fact in our churches today?
Hasn't tradition inverted our idea of what ministry is? Do we not believe that in order for a person to become a pastor or an apostle, or a teacher--they need of course to first be saved--and then they need to study and learn and work and "mature in the Lord" Has not tradition made these gifts into titles and jobs that people attain to ---in a sense by the same method that exists in the world--the "seniority" system.
don't we believe by experience that "ministry" is something that comes after many years of work in the church--after certain schooling and training? Do we really recognize that Bible fact that ministry is given unto every one of us--and that these "people who serve God" are what God wishes all His children to become?
What if we operated our churches from the standpoint of equality. What if we recognized one another truly as brothers and sisters in Christ.
Equal brothers and sisters---all operating on a common level--as they did in the Bible--all serving God with the gifts He has given us.
Working those gifts together, focused on the purposes of Christ--to get people saved--to preach the Gospel--pray for the sick and those in need of deliverance--to feed the poor--and to release one another--to "provoke one another" to the good works which are our ministry.