Words from the Heart for Tuesday November 24th, 2020
…so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Ephesian 4:12b-13 (NIV)
On the Quora.com website, a Canadian teen, when asked the question, “What’s it like to grow up in Canada?” replied: “As being raised in a land of immigrants (literally everyone except first nations has a heritage of immigration), we are used to foreign-born residents and citizens, we have adapted to breaking language barriers, and have strong cultural understanding. On the last swim team I was on, 2/3’s of the group were foreign-born, and nearly everyone except myself spoke 2 or more languages. This adds a real multicultural setting.”
Have you ever done something so outrageous that you’ve been told to “grow up!” When said in a certain tone of voice, it can be a real put down. When said in love, however, it is an encouragement to become better than we are now, and I certainly want that for my own life. Paul the apostle speaks to this in Ephesians 4:12b-13, and he puts it very kindly: “…so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Jesus wants His people, and His Church, to grow up. So, He has given each of us gifts that when used for the sake of the Body of Christ and the glory of God, will help us individually grow up in our faith, and will produce that in other believers. One of the signs of spiritual maturity in the Body of Christ is unity, and that comes about as each person puts his or her giftedness into practice. What can you do today to grow up?
These have been words from the heart.