Ephesians 4:12-16

As Christians, we are called to follow in the image of Christ.  We are called to be His hands and feet to this dying world in need of His love and hope.  Individually, we are to be Christ to our world. 

Ephesians tells us that we were created to do that works that God has prepared in advance for us to do.  He has given gifts to individuals and created each person for a purpose.  These gifts are meant to edify the body, to build others up and not ourselves.  Love in necessary and essential in the use of gifts. 

But in order to fulfill this purpose, we need to prepare ourselves.  If we individually become like Christ in our lives, then we as the Church will be in harmony with not only Christ, but also with each other.  As a whole, the Church should be a reflection of who Christ is to the world.  Unity is a sign of maturity, and at this point in time, the Church is yet in many ways immature.  Division, quarrels, and selfish desires keep the Church from being what Christ has called it to.  It’s time to set them aside for God’s greater purposes, to serve one another and not ourselves.

—Mark

 


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