Ephesians 4:1-16; Ezekiel 10-11; Isaiah 42
During the Christmas season we think a lot about gifts. Some of us make lists of things that we want. Sometimes we have a good reason for wanting them; other times, we just want it. As Christians, we recognize that Jesus is the ultimate gift. It is in Him that we can develop a relationship with God. It is His death on the cross which paid the penalty for our sin. Paul mentions other gifts that come from God in the early part of the fourth chapter of Ephesians: the list includes people who work in the church. That being said, God places these people in a church as a gift for specific reasons. Some of those reasons are “…till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ…” (Ephesians 4:13) The gifts of God have a purpose. He wants us to come to unity of the faith. How sad it is that after 2000 years, we still squabble about unimportant issues. God wants us to have knowledge of His Son. How often do people fall into cults because they don’t really know Jesus, nor know about Him? God wants us to stay strong as a church, and that strength begins with knowing His Son and knowing about Him. He wants us to be perfect. While that’s not going to happen, if we start measuring ourselves against the stature of Christ instead of others who fall short, we will have more incentive to be the people that God has called us to be. These verses are a great reminder that church staff and volunteers are gifts to the church. We are then called to accept God’s gifts and share them with others.
Lord, thank you for those people that You have placed in service at church. Let me learn from them and grow to become the man you want me to become. Let me and other followers of Christ truly come to unity in faith.