Paul wrote to the churches, “It was he [Jesus] who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers” (Ephesians 4:11).
When reading this passage, it shouldn’t take long to realize that every one of these positions is for the sake of serving others through teaching, equipping, or mentoring.
In fact, Paul makes this clear to the readers by adding that the purpose of these positions are, “to prepare God’s people for works of service so that the body of Christ may be built up” (Ephesians 4:12). The body of Christ, that is, all Christians, are to be built up by the work of people in these positions—we are to learn and become more mature in our faith.
It is so important for Christians to take the time to receive this blessing. Every believer needs to grow in their faith and their knowledge of Jesus so that they “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” (V. 14).
Growing in the knowledge of God and in faith is the only way to keep life from throwing you around. It is the only way to keep from being a follower of everyone else and a leader of nothing.
There seems to be no shortage of people who have an opinion about what the Bible says concerning the countless hot topics in our society today. What is scary is how many of them claim the Bible says one thing or another and yet have no real understanding of what it really says.
This is true for Christians and non-Christians alike, and because of Biblical illiteracy in the churches, we find that division is not only between believers and non-believers, but between Christians—even in the same local church.
I would be willing to bet that most people (especially in America) who have a strong opinion of what the Bible says about something have never actually carefully read through the entire book. Have you? And if you have, do you continue with your growth by attending Sunday school, worship, small groups, prayer meetings, and other such things? See, those are the places where you will find the pastors, teachers, and others who are called to equip the saints.
Our world is in dire need of receiving the truth of the gospel message; I doubt many Christians disagree with that. So wouldn’t it profit the world for Christians to be more intentional about being mentored into discipleship, studying the Bible, and practicing regular worship and prayer? The reality is that the Bible has a message, and it does—as an entire book—teach the principles and virtues that apply to everything in life.
That being the case, the more that Christians are willing to learn and invest in their spiritual growth, the more they will find that they are united by the truth found within the Word of God. And this truth is a solid anchor that holds the Church together for the sake of the entire world. The truth makes us indivisible.
Paul says that we are to 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” (V 13). The only way to bring God’s hope into this world is through Christians who never stop seeking to know God better and who never stop growing in love.
Bringing hope into this world requires Christians who never stop learning what His Word says, and are not satisfied with their spiritual maturity until they have attained the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Bringing hope into the world requires Christians who are indivisible from Him.
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