Ephesians 4:11-14 - 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
We all know the classic statement kids have uttered from the back seat as long as the automobile has been around: “Are we there yet?” You’ve probably heard it said, said it yourself as a child, and thought it often as an adult while stuck in traffic. As impatient as we might get, the benefit of driving to a specific place is that at least we know when we’ve arrived. The challenge of this journey of faith in the life of the church is that our destination is not as easy to discern.
Instead of giving us point by point trip navigation a la Google maps, the Bible (in this case, through Paul) shows us where we are headed and some key ways of getting there.
Getting to our destination involves the unity of faith spoken of in devotional #19. Unity within the church isn’t uniformity (remember, the body of Christ is diverse) but is part of the pavement that provides us the road we need to grow in our knowledge of the son of God (v.13). The greater the church’s unity of faith, the greater it knows Jesus. This is more than math equation knowledge (1+1=2), it’s relational knowledge. Sure I can’t know a person unless I learn facts about them, but facts alone are not sufficient - we need to spend time with those whom we’re in relationship with in order to know them deeply and personally. Our relationship with Christ is no different.
As the church grows in unity and knowledge, we get closer and closer to our destination: mature manhood, and attainment of the full measure and stature of Christ (v.13). This results in strength and stability that can weather the storms which would otherwise divide or destroy us (v.14).
• How is your relationship with Jesus going?
• Are you growing in knowledge of him, not only in your head, but also in your heart?
• Action - Spend some time in prayer praising God for growing us to maturity in Jesus.