It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, 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.
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (Ephesians 4:11-16, NIV)
The above Scripture is the focus of Oswald Chambers’ devotional this morning in My Utmost for His Highest. Oswald talks about the church becoming mature and not self-seeking. But as I read that Scripture, I was captured by one verse, verse 12.
We all have gifts… each one of us… “as Christ has apportioned” them (See v.7). And what are those gifts to be used for? Verse 12 gives me the answer: to build up the church and prepare it for works as a servant of Jesus Christ. And how long are you and I to continue doing that?
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.” (v.13)
Do you see “unity in the faith” in the Church? Not CFC, the Church… the whole Church? Is the whole Church mature, attaining to the max the fullness of Christ? I don’t think so. Not the Church I see, and I think the world would agree. I think God would agree, too. We’re not there yet.
Therefore, my work’s not done. I need to get off my lazy butt and use my gifts. Your work’s not done either, but I won’t call you lazy.
Let’s get busy.