Topic: Spiritual Maturity 2 [Wednesday, 1 March, 2017]
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. – Ephesians 4:13
The Lord prices His Church above everything else. Every single member of the Church is very important to Him. No wonder He gave Himself for the church, placing more importance on the church more than Himself. This is why He will always ensure the preservation of and maturity of every individual member of the church, because the spiritual maturity of the individuals culminate in the maturity of the whole body.
This is why the instruments to grow the church to maturity, viz: prophets, apostles, evangelists, pastors and teachers, must be up and doing to see to the spiritual growth unto maturity of the church. Upon them, has been placed a solemn duty to keep the church growing into the full measure of the stature of Christ. This is a task that must be carried out with all humility and fervency, without any iota of slothfulness. Romans 12:11 says, “not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord.”
Most importantly, there are no hierarchies or less or more importance placed upon all these instruments of the Lord. The prophet is not more important than the teacher, neither is the apostle more important than the pastor. They are all of equal importance. You cannot do without one of them (1 Corinthians 12:16-31). You need all of them in your life. This is important so that we can maintain balance and growth in Christ. And these instruments must not also look down on any of their comrades, but must work in tandem for the spiritual maturity of the Church, so that we will all come to the full measure of the stature of Christ.
Keep winning daily.
Dear Lord, I pray for the prophets, apostles, evangelists, pastors and teachers You have ordained to serve as media of growing your church to maturity spiritually, that they be not slothful, nor disunited, but fervent in spirit, serving You, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.