To each one of us Christ graciously gave a gift … for the equipping of the saints for the work of service: the building up of the body of Christ; until we all reach the unity of the faith and knowledge of the Son of God. Ephesians 4:7–13
We all began as babies; but today we are adults—more or less mature human beings. While we did not start with this goal in mind, over the course of our lives, many people, each of whom had different levels of knowledge, skills and abilities, contributed what they could to our transformation. Some did so consciously and conscientiously. And some, quite unconsciously, were of great consequence anyway. When we came to Christ, we began again as babies who needed to be transformed, who needed to mature. God, in his wisdom, did not change the process … much. Christ has graciously given each of us what we need to be able to contribute to the growth of others around us in the fellowship of believers. We each have grace to share; and there is an abundance of grace available to help each of us grow. But this time there is a goal. We measure our maturity in comparison to the maturity of Jesus. He was mature in that his faith and knowledge were united. In other words, his faith in the Father was consistent with his knowledge of the Father. We aim for this maturity as we serve one another in the fellowship of the Church.
Lord Jesus, thank you for the gifts that enable us to help each other become more like you. May I use mine well.
I’ve always liked your take on this passage. I think you put it really well here.