On Wednesday, we discussed the need to grow to maturity in Christ. Today we will look at ways to do that.
…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. Eph 4:13-16 (ESV)
According to this passage, we are to stop acting as children. How is “be children” manifested? What do you think it means to be “tossed to and fro”? Are there areas in your life where you are more immature? What do you think would happen to your life if you chose to ask God to help you become more mature? What would your family life look like? Your church family?
According to verse 15, what is the antidote to immaturity?
How does growing up into Christ parallel with verse 13?
According to verse 16, when all of the believers in Christ are working together as a body, being ministered to by gifted men who are equipping them, then the body will grow and build itself up in love. How do you think that would show up in your church body? Would more people be willing to tithe, give offerings, and help out around the church – without the need to call attention to their deeds? Would we help the “widows and orphans” – those who have lost a job, perhaps, or who are ill and need transportation to doctors and grocery stores? Would we talk to people in our neighborhood and share Christ’s gospel? Would families act harmoniously? What if we all took one little step to make this happen? Can it start with me? Can it start with you?
How do we speak the truth in love? What is our motivation when we do so?
I pray that these questions allow you to think about how you can change your walk to be:
Less childish and more mature,
And more unified.
(hint: ask God. He knows!)
I will see you next week!