THE WORD SIROCCO
Sunday, March 3, 2019
Theme: Grow Up
Topic: Growing Up 2
1 Corinthians 13:8-11; Ephesians 4:10-16
1 Corinthians 13:11
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
The ultimate goal of the Church, as discussed in earlier devotionals, is to grow till our maturity reaches its climax - the stature of the fullness of Christ. This goal includes attaining unto His holiness and power. It elevates us to reign with Him as kings, share in His office as the High Priest and participate in His prophetic office (Revelation 1:5-6).
The Church has to be built till it attains the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Many well-meaning believers have argued that it is impossible for believers to be like Jesus Christ on earth. They contend that He was perfect in purity and power because He was the infallible Son of God. The Scriptures however make it clear that though Jesus was the Son of God, He depended on the Holy Ghost and the Word of God to please the Father in all things (Luke 4:18:19; Acts 10:37-38).
The apostle Paul admonished the Colossians to walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing (Colossians 1:10). The term “walk worthy” means to live a godly life that measures the full distance of Jesus’ life of obedience and occupies the full volume of His love. The apostle Paul set this target before the Colossians because it was possible to attain it. Believers can walk as Jesus Christ walked on earth. We are to live in the world, as Christ is in heaven (1 John 4:17).
Pray for yourself that you will not lose sight of Jesus Christ, our ultimate goal for growth.
“Building a Solid Church” by Eastwood Anaba
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