V.15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head into Christ …...
The Epistle of Paul to Ephesians is considered the queen of epistles. Paul wrote this epistle while he was in prison at Rome and
sent to the church of Ephesus through Tychicus. This passage is one most powerful portion in the Bible after the cross. We have to understand clearly what God had done for the church – the body of Christ by saving her, but also the purpose for which he did it so.
God is equipping a group of people to work for his ministry and to build up the body of Christ – the Church. We have a calling to build the body of Christ ,which should be free from all heresies, and false doctrine caused by men of deceit and evil schemes. In order to achieve that, the believer should walk in humility and gentleness, and should able to forgive each others mistakes, and build unity and fellowship in Christ.
Our effectiveness in doing His ministry depends on a few important factors like being faithful, being available and being teachable. The binding factor which connects these factors together is commitment. The body of Christ must be built in love and purposeful focus on Jesus our Lord. Each part of the human body has a role in the overall well being of the growth process. Likewise each one of us in His ministry is responsible for the proper functioning of the church.
So we, the body of workers in His vineyard should accept God's assignment which is based on true love and commitment.
PRAYER Dear Lord, Thank you for choosing us to be faithful servants in your vineyard for the building up of the church which is the body of Christ based on love.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
God equips every believer, and entrusts a task and a gift for the purpose of building up the body of Christ.
Mathew Thomas, Jerusalem MTC CT
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
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