When you see a pastor or an evangelist at work, you are witnessing the grace of Christ. However, every believer in Christ has been given a measure of the grace of Christ. In Ephesians 4:7 the Bible says, “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ” (KJV). The grace is in proportional to the gift of Christ and it is given to believers for a divine purpose.
When Christ died he defeated death by rising from the dead. In that process, he got hold of captivity and shackled it forever. The Bible says that he led captivity captive, entered heaven and then gave gifts to men. When Jesus ascended to heaven that is when the gifts were given. In Ephesians 4:11 the Bible says, “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers” (KJV). This is the fivefold ministry. The fivefold ministry is the variation of the apportioned expression of the grace of Christ with specific goals. The offices of the apostle, prophet, pastor, evangelist and teacher are not ranks. They are not for status, but for function in the church.
The grace of Christ given in these gifts reveal spiritual abilities at varying degrees because of that very grace. Remember that every believer has been given the measure of the grace of God. The purpose of the grace of God is to build the body of Christ and as a believer it has now become your responsibility to edify the body of Christ. You are a gift to the church.
Every believer is really in full time ministry and must function with a certain measure of the grace of Christ. Believers must function in the church according to that grace. They may even function effectively in the church without having to attend Bible College or Seminary. Every believer has the measure of the grace of Christ. As a believer you also have that measure of the grace of Christ.
Paul the apostle according to his closing statement in Philippians 4:23 says, “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen” (KJV). This was not just a saying. It was a known reality that helped to disciple the church to maturity. Paul said this with the understanding that if one did not have this grace, then it would be very hard to effectively lead the church to maturity. As believers we all need that measure of the grace of Christ so that we can edify the church.