Gifts Have A Purpose. They Serve the Body of Jesus. (1 Cor 12:7). That means you have a purpose. By the way, you don’t have a work purpose and a church purpose. Your secular purpose is not separate from your spiritual purpose. You are a good mom or dad because you have a purpose and a motivation to serve, teach, or help. You are a good business leader because you have a purpose to bring order, give leadership, and produce results. You are a good teacher because your purpose is to teach. Do you see? This isn’t rocket science unless, of course, your purpose is rocket science.
So, It makes sense that you will have a ministry. You have a place in the world where your purpose is meant to shine. Paul mentions Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers. I believe everyone functions and ministers from at least one of these five gifts. They are like roles or jobs.
Jesus gave this to the church, not only as offices but as functions and roles. And, you likely function as one of them. These gifts are likely why you do what you do.
Are you called to be a parent, counselor, EMT, nurse, or doctor? You are functioning as a pastor or shepherd. Do you naturally connect people with other people? You help friends meet. It could be expressed in the business world in marketing and public relations. You are an evangelist. Are you called to justice? Are you or do you adamantly support police and fire departments, and the judicial system? Are you a lawyer? Does truth mean everything to you? You are a prophet. Are you called to strange new worlds? Are you a trailblazer? Have you taken your business where no one else has? Ahhh, an apostle stands among us. Do you love to teach? Do you share your trade, interests, or passions with others? You see, this isn’t rocket science unless, of course, it IS rocket science.
Does Paul mean more than this in Ephesians 4? Sure he does. And, when you need to understand more, you will desire, seek, and come to understand it better.