How often have you wished that a child or person you know would “just grow up!” We have a tendency to get frustrated when someone acts immature for their age. Perhaps words or actions have made us think another person ought to be further along in maturity than what they were.
God wants us to grow up also. Not only individually, but also as a body of believers. Ephesians 4:15-16 states, “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” Paul states that it is by truth that we grow into our head, Jesus. Truth spoken in love brings us to maturity in Christ. As we individually grow into the head of Christ, He brings the entire body together. The body of Christ will continue to grow as we keep putting into practice the things found in scripture. As we focus on things such as found in this passage of scripture from Ephesians 4:11-16, God honors His promises and plans. The action of a church body growing requires all to be involved.
So, what is your part? The Bible teaches that the whole body grows as each part does its work. Everyone God adds to His church has important work to do. If the work God wants you to do isn’t being done, the entire body suffers. Even the tasks that seem hidden or less glamorous are needed and important. I remember when my daughter’s liver and kidneys shut down. Even though they were small unseen parts, the impact on the entire body was very obvious and very bad. Likewise, your part in a local body of believers is not insignificant. Doing your part makes a big difference to the growth of the body.
May all of us grow together and be built up in the love and truth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus.