Meant For Each Other
“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the [equipping] of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the [trickery] of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh [growth] of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” Ephesians 4: 11-16
It seems weddings, funerals, and holidays bring in family members you may not see all the time. There are some whom you are happy to see and then there are some whom you are glad it has been so long since you have seen them. There are even some family members who leave you to wonder how you are related at all. You may see the physical resemblance, but there seems to be nothing more than that.
In the body of Christ, it seems there are some who feel the same way about God's family. We are brothers and sisters in Christ, but we don’t always see eye to eye on all matters. We may disagree on things and quite frankly, the other party may simply just annoy us. This passage makes it clear that we are meant to be a united body whose members are “fitly joined together.” We are each given gifts from God “for the [equipping] of the saints, for the work of the ministry, and for the body of the Christ.” We are to love each other and encourage each other and put aside our petty differences.
I appreciate all of you who read this email and the encouragement you provide. I am thankful for those who come on Friday and for the ones whom I serve alongside. I thank God for those who serve in other ministries God has called them to. God has called each of us to His work and we must be faithful with the gifts He has given us to do the work he has called us to do. We must not sit on the sideline, but we must be active in the ministry. Are you faithfully using the gifts God has given you? Are you doing your part in the body of Christ? I encourage all of us with the words of the New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick: “Do your job!”
Stay in the fight!