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Ephesians Devotional—Week Four, Day Two (12/22/09)

Ephesians 4:11-16

It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, {12} to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up {13} until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. {14} Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. {15} Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. {16} From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

God has clearly defined the major roles of the church. Therefore all can do what He has clearly called each to accomplish.

First there are the equipping roles. These are found in the list in verse 11. Then there are those who are being equipped, which includes everyone else. In many ways, the equippers are also among the equipped.

What is the purpose of this equipping? It is for the purpose of preparing believers for their ministries. The members of Christ’s body—not the so-called clergy—are those who are to do works of service.

This process causes the church to grow up into Christ, and into spiritual maturity. This spiritual maturity is characterized by unity of faith, full personal knowledge of Christ, spiritual stability and doctrinal soundness, relational fortitude, and selfless living for others.

This is God’s design and purpose for the church. Praise Him that we are allowed to be part of it.

  1. Which of the two categories in this passage do you belong to? How has your God-defined role affected the way you live out your Christian life?
  2. Someone has asked the question “If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?” What evidence is there in your life that you are a true believer? What kind of works of service is the Lord doing through you?
  3. Take some time right now to pray over verses 13-16. Ask the Lord to strengthen weak areas, and to make you into the person described therein.
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