TUESDAY, MARCH 9
Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do His work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.
Ephesians 4:11-13 (NLT)
GOD SPEAKS THROUGH OTHERS TO GROW US
After a preacher died and went to heaven, he noticed that a New York cab driver had been given a higher place than he had. “I don’t understand,” he complained to St. Peter. “I devoted my entire life to my congregation.” “Our policy is to reward results,” explained St. Peter. “Now what happened, Reverend, whenever you gave a sermon?” The minister admitted that some in the congregation fell asleep. “Exactly,” said St. Peter. “And when people rode in this man’s taxi, they not only stayed awake, they prayed.”
A bad cab or uber ride will grow your faith. And we learned in Ephesians 4 that God also speaks through others to grow our faith. God has given us gifts to “equip” people to do God’s work. One of the gifts God uses to grow people is the gift of teaching. The goal of teaching is that “we will be mature in the Lord.”
One of the tests of God speaking through someone is asking, “Is the teaching leading me toward maturity in Christ? When you think about the “teachers” in your life, how has their teaching helped you grow toward spiritual maturity?
Thank God for the voices He has used in your life to lead you toward greater spiritual maturity.