Ephesians 4:15-16 - 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
Stephen Hawking is fascinating. Not only because he’s a genius but also because despite his incredible cognitive abilities he also suffers from major physical disabilities - including being confined to a motorized wheelchair. His mind is great, and his body is weak. In a similar way, Christ is great and the church is weak.
Paul continues with his analogy of the church as a body (v.15) and shows us in a fuller way what we are aiming for: we want the body to grow to the point of “catching up” with its head, Christ. He (Christ) is loving and truthful and he has no need for growth, because he is perfect. If only we as his body were as excellent as our head! The goal of the church then is that “by this process of maturity we shall become truly what we already are in principle: members of the Messiah’s [Christ’s] body” (v.15–16)1.
But how do we grow into our head? By living interdependently with the community of believers we are a part of, through loving and speaking truth to one another. As we do, we are built up to his stature (v.13) and living in sync with him.
• What areas of immaturity do you recognize in your own life and in our church?
• What are some ways for you to love and build it up?
• Action - Spend some time in prayer praising God for a community of love in Jesus.
1 N.T. Wright, ‘Paul For Everyone: The Prison Letters’