Journey Through Ephesians, #14
How do we reach maturity in Christ? Can we reach maturity by ourselves? Read Ephesians 4:11-16.
And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; 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.
Ephesians 4:11-16 NASB
Maturity doesn’t mean that we do everything well. It means that we recognize what our strengths are and we work toward those. We see the areas that God has gifted us in and we follow those paths. It also means that we recognize our need for others. We realize that we cannot do all things ourselves.
Only the immature believe that they can do everything. Those who are reaching maturity through Christ realize that we need Christ to move through us and we need our brothers and sisters in Christ to balance us and help us.
Are we relying on our Christ to continue to move us to maturity?