Speaking Truth in Love and Growing in Him…

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
Ephesians 4:15-16 [ESV]

Today’s verses are such an awesome culmination of the last block of the Living Word spoken through Paul. Yesterday was a command to not be content to be a baby Christian and to progressively work toward being all that God is equipping us to be in the Body of the Church of His Son.

So, rather than being ‘tossed back and forth by the waves and winds of false doctrine’, we are to speak what truth we have learned, IN love. Growing up in every way INTO Him who is ours and the churches Head. Every single one of us in the church body has been gifted with a purpose to serve in it. I love how Paul talks about this ‘equipping’ of each member being the sinew and ligaments by which the body is held together and working ‘properly’. When the body is working properly, the church builds itself up and grows in love.

Your mind might go to the building or location that you have church and things that happen there, but this passage is about something much bigger. Yes, the local church has a system of support and execution to it that is important, but I think that Paul is talking about the biblical communities of believers that join together for the work of the Lord wherever you are. For me the best set of examples I can give is –> a group of believers in a secular workplace, a neighborhood, or even a vacation destination. You see, what I think Paul is talking about is a lifelong pursuit to be used by God in your biblical community in whatever you are doing or wherever you are. I think this might be lost on most of us…

What we also can’t miss in this passage is how we as the Christ’s Church build up and grow. Paul says it 2 times here in the block of thought –> 1) is through the leaders and teachers God has equipped to lead us and 2) when we work together in how God has designed us in His Spirit for the works of faith.

Application:

The question I have to ask myself is “Am I growing in all the ways God has intended in the context of His Church?” I can answer a lot of yeses, but if I am being honest, I have a lot of opportunities of improvement. Lord God, please reveal to me all the areas I can be used for Your Glory in my church, in my family, at work, and in my regular daily life. I only want to be all that you have called me to be before you take me home to Your Heaven.

Today’s Psalm:

Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who know you,
and your righteousness to the upright of heart!
Let not the foot of arrogance come upon me,
nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
There the evildoers lie fallen;
they are thrust down, unable to rise.

Psalms 36:10-12 [ESV]

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