15 February 2018
". . .until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ."
The thing that brings us to church each and every time should be the very same thing that sends us out again into the world. In this passage Paul explains that we have each been given talents and abilities. The Lord has equipped you with an ability that you are to bring to maturity and use to help equip others in order that the body here can do the work of the Lord in this community. Here's the exciting part. When we do our part others are able to do their part and when we are all working together we can accomplish what the Lord has planned for us to do. Through the unity of the Holy Spirit that lives in each of us, the oneness of mind and faith and fellowship, we are able to reach a maturity that can only be attained in working together, following the Lord's guidance.
Have you ever wondered why you just can't seem to find answers to a lot of your faith questions - you just can't seem to figure out what God has for you - you don't seem to fit in anywhere - your life seems to be missing something? You pray, you read the Bible, and you truly believe you are doing all the Christian "things", but you just don't seem to be going anywhere in your relationship with God. Consider this - this passage says "until we all attain to the unity of the faith." We are made to work together. Jesus' illustrations of the vine and the branches, the components of a building, the parts of the body, and a marriage are some of the teaching He used to show us we play a part of something much greater than the individual. When we unify within the church He begins a work that shows us our part, provides our path, provides opportunities to find the answers, and creates that sense of belonging and direction we crave.
Come to church this week with a new mindset - "I am here to be a part of something God has in store for me." Dive in and connect. You'll be blessed by it and enjoy the ride the rest of your life.