“Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13).TEXT — Ephesians 4:11-16
Apostle Paul’s yearning and aspiration was to raise up a body of believers who would be ready to walk worthy of their calling and continue to grow in grace until they have attained the full stature of Christlikeness with maturity.
The apostle’s writings and prayers for the brethren reveal his commitment to getting the young Gentile believers strong and standing in Christ. From the passage before us, the perfection of the saints in Christ is not a one-man business. Paul emphasised the role of ministers and ministries given to us to help mature and develop the saints. No individual or Christian assembly can downplay these roles and functions if we must grow and develop believers. Putting the Scriptures aside produces spiritually sick believers. It is a clear deviation from the will of God and the teachings of early apostles.
Working in harmony with the Lord to train and develop Christlike and sanctified believers should be the focus of every church leader and worker. Overseers are commissioned to feed the flock, not feed on the flock. Failing to understand the purpose of ministry and/or the wilful ambition to build selfish empires for themselves have made some church leaders deviate from the faith. Ministry has thus been reduced to the pedestrian level of dancing and merry making, to the extent that some worshipers appear more or less like partygoers, having been misled by their leaders.
Essentially, God is calling us back to true worship. To achieve this goal, sincere and genuine ministers must be allowed to take their place as God’s appointed agents of change and transformation.
Thought for the day
Ministers are a great blessing to the church.
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- 1 CHRONICLES 16 – 20