Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper – August 10, 2022

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, who makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

Ephesians 4:15 -16


 When I do my part, we all grow.

This passage highlights that the selfless and loving exercise of our God-given gifts leads to unity and builds up the body to maturity in Christ Jesus! Following Jesus is a team sport. There are two undeniable truths here: We need God and we need each other. 3 times in chapter 4, Paul instructs the Church in Ephesus to do this “in love”, pointing to the way that we can exercise our gifts for God’s glory and the good of neighbor is always in love. As each one of us, uses our God given gifts, we all grow. We all grow more mature and are conformed into the likeness of Jesus Christ.

Think of a pit crew for a Nascar race–each member of the team has a role to play. One unscrews the bolts from the tires, the other places the new tires in place, the other refills the tank with gas, the other scrubs the windshield, each has a role that benefits the whole team. In the same way, we each have a role to play in God’s Kingdom. And each role benefits the team. Remember: We need God and we need each other.

May each of us choose to speak the truth in love and exercise our gifts for God’s glory and the good of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Reflection

What is one way you can use your gifts to build up the body of Christ today?

Prayer

Our Father,

Thank you for your Word. I ask by the power of the Holy Spirit, that we would rightly hear and obey Ephesians 4:15-16. I pray that each of us would embrace the gifts you have given us and that we would leverage them not for our own good but for one another, that we would build each other up into Christ. Yes, God, help us to become more and more like Jesus every day. We trust you. We pray this in the name of Jesus by the power of your Holy Spirit.

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