KEY SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 4:12. “For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ”:
God’s desire for every Christian is that we might become like Jesus Christ. Our Lord Jesus through His death and resurrection has done everything to qualify us to be like Himself. 2nd Peter 1:3 “According as His divine power has given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness through the knowledge of Him that hath called us unto glory and virtue”. The grace of God has made available all things that pertain unto life and godliness. Why are most of us not exhibiting this life? The answer is, the influence of the word has been very little.
God’s word is that which builds us up to manifest what his divine power has deposited in us. We grow to be like him as we live by the word of God. Ephesians 4:12 reveals that God gave the ministerial gifts to the church for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry and for the edifying of the body of Christ. To edify means to build up. We are to be built up to be like Him (Jesus). All these are done through teaching and training from the word of God.
In Acts 20, Apostle Paul speaking to the brethren in Ephesus said to them, “I commend you to God, and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up. And to give you an inheritance among the saints”. There is an inheritance for us in Christ. This can only be delivered into our hands when we have been built up. There are a number of Christians whom the devil is cheaply robbing them of their peace, health and victories of all kinds, because they are still living and acting like babies. This leaves them helpless at the mercy of the enemy.
Galatians 4:1 explains this clearly. “Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, different nothing from a servant, though he be Lord of all”. This is a sad state of affairs. The heir has right to the throne yet he is a servant or better still a slave, subjected to all kinds of powers, influences and situations. He has a right to the Father’s estate if only he comes of age. He comes of age when he is built up, and have learnt all the skills of fighting, talking and being able to protect the throne.
Dear child of God, our Father has called us into a glorious ministry. We are to affect the lives of people with the love and power of God like our master Jesus. This can only be possible when we have individually been built up by the word of God. Give yourself to the word and you would be built up
I pray for all children of God to open up to the teaching of scripture so they may grow to the stature of Jesus.
Romans 8:29” For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”
2 Peter 3:18. “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen”.