Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
But practicing the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Christ, who is the head. From him the whole body grows, fitted and held together through every supporting ligament. As each one does its part, the body grows in love. Ephesians 4.15-16
Growth is important. If a newborn baby does not grow, the parents become worried and rightly so. If a plant does not grow, it indicates that there is a problem. It will not produce fruit if there is a problem. I need to grow up into Christ. As a small child grows, he learns to eat solid food, he learns to crawl, and then he learns to walk. He learns to do these things through practice. He does not one day start eating solid food. Nor does he suddenly crawl across the floor with a speed that surprises those watching. Nor does he suddenly walk as if it were the most natural thing in the world. It takes practice. Paul tells us that we will grow into Christ by practicing the truth in love. Christ is the head of the body, the church. He gives us gifts which are to be used to build up his body. We are to strive for maturity in the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of Jesus Christ. When we are practicing the truth in love, the body grows strong. The church grows in love. The church grows strong. But, each one must do his part. Are you doing your part to help the body grow?