THE WORD SIROCCO
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Theme: Grow Up
Topic: Growing Up Together
1 Corinthians 13:8-11; Ephesians 4:10-16
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
The apostle Paul, in Ephesians 4:14, used the pronoun “we” which is the first person plural in reference to the subject. He was talking about everybody and not just a few people. It is not “I”, “you” or “they” but “we.” All of us have to work hard in the Spirit not to be children. We must grow up together into Him in all things.
The manner in which we have to grow up is demonstrated by the growth of our Lord Jesus Christ when He was on earth. Though He was God manifested in the flesh, He grew up to set an example for us. Being born again does not exclude us from growing up. The infilling of the Holy Ghost is not a substitute for spiritual growth. If Jesus had to increase in stature, we have to do likewise and we must do it together (Luke 2:52).
The failure of an individual or a local church to grow affects other members of the body. When a part of the body does not function well other parts suffer. The growth of an individual or church enhances the functioning of other parts of the body. This is why it is imperative for us to grow together. It is selfish to see yourself as an independent entity who can choose to grow or refuse to do so.
1. Pray for the grace to grow with a pace that will not frustrate the growth of your church and the Body of Christ.
2. Pray also for the Body of Christ that the five-fold ministry will be united and grow together.
“Building a Solid Church” by Eastwood Anaba
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