A Card Carrier’s Priorities
Works of Service – Part 2
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:11-16
Key Verse: Ephesians 4:12
Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.
Continuing from yesterday’s devotional, we see the purpose of serving in the church: “to build up the church, the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12c). God determined that His church would grow and mature as it exists in this world. We don’t know why God decided to make this a process; He could have made maturity an instantaneous gift to every believer. However, in His eternal wisdom He has decided to use pastors and teachers to grow the maturity in those who believe the message of Jesus.
Why is maturity so important? Our scripture answers that in Ephesians 4:14: “…we won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We won’t be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.” We know that in this world there are all kinds of scams and heresies, both inside and outside the church. People who believe in Jesus but don’t go on to maturity in the things of God will be vulnerable to falling to these lies.
How are you doing in this area of growing and maturing? What effort are you putting into this process? If the pastors and teachers around you are creating opportunities for you to learn new things, are you making room in your life for these opportunities? When you stand before God, will you be able to make the excuse that you just didn’t have any opportunities? Are there Bible Studies to attend at church? Weekly worship services to attend? Are small groups available to you, so you won’t walk alone? Are you growing?
Father, I will take responsibility to grow. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.