11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherdsand teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 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.
17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.
God has given each of us gifts to equip us into worship of Him. The unified body of Christ is made up of believers spanning all generations, races, ethnicities, gender, etc. God’s grace is extended to all who receive it. As the body of believers, we are one church, unified in worship of our Creator.
Here, Paul is cautioning us about false teachers and our desires to pursue unrighteousness. He tells us that “we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head”. Jesus wants us to grow up in His ways, not our own. We have been given the word of God as a way for us to draw close to Him. God is still speaking to us today through the word, are we listening?
For us to be unified under God, we each have to seek God. Matthew 6:33 tells us “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” In our pursuit of good through faith, good works will naturally follow. By pursuing Christ, we are unifying ourselves to the rest of the body.
We have to make the choice everyday to choose God and not ourselves. We have to ask ourselves are we living for Christ, or for ourselves. Are our desires God’s desires, or do we desire the things of this world? We must be mindful of the sin in our lives, and know that because of Jesus, that sin no longer has power over us.
What are some ways you can use your gifts to honor Christ?
What does it look like for you to “grow up” when it comes to your faith?
Is there a sin in your life that has been eating away at you? How can you take steps to eliminate it?