but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.
Insights: There is one last truth we need to examine from this passage. Disciples are going somewhere. Notice in both verse fifteen and sixteen there is a reference to growing up. This growth we are told in verse fifteen is a result of being under the headship of Jesus Christ. Our growth, therefore, is determined by Jesus taking us on this journey which leads to the building up of the body of Christ. At Little River Baptist Church we have spent a great deal of time in prayer, discussions, research and programming to determine what the vision and mission the Lord would have for LRBC. It is important for us to use this mission as a springboard into every ministry endeavor we participate. LRBC is striving to become a unified family, a beacon of light, joyfully worshipping God, doing His will and building a legacy for future Christ-followers. On Monday I mentioned that I hoped this week would be a prayer and blessing for all disciples. The wording of LRBC mission statement encompasses the elements which ought to be found in all churches: fellowship, evangelism, worship, ministry and discipleship. The sad fact is many believers are not following Jesus in a progression which is leading to His ultimate glory. This commentary on many believers is what stirs my heart to pray for the disciples of Jesus to change their course of direction and obediently follow Jesus. It is my hope and desire for LRBC to become a strong church that displays these characteristics in every ministry endeavor they participate for the glory and grace of God. Beloved, I promise you the journey of growth with Jesus is often times exciting, sometimes scary, but it is always worth it.
- In what direction are you heading?
- Are you following Jesus on His journey He has planned for you?
Prayer: Father, we as people make all kinds of plans, but in the end they are futile without Your direction. Bend my heart to Your will and let me follow hard after You. May my life bring You glory. Amen.