Prayer: Gracious God, let your Word guide my life, in Christ. Amen.
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15 But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way.
Grow UP! Bet you heard that in your youth. I did. Now hear the words from Ephesians where we are called to “grow up” in every way. Our devotion writer explains that the translation for growing up is not about getting taller, but to be complete, perfect, responsible.
In Matthew 5:48 Jesus says; “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Of course, we cannot live perfect lives, but we can live complete lives. “We are called to become whole persons, to grow up in every way.”
When you are faced with struggles in your life it can be said that you are out of harmony with self and others. The Navajo use the word hozho, which means peace, balance, beauty, harmony. When you are faced with life’s struggles you can become out of harmony. This is where God can help us. By developing a one on one personal relationship with God we grow closer and more mature as a Christian in our walk of faith we “grow up.”
Our devotion writer explains; “We might say ‘become complete in oneself’ or ‘come into the fullness of the Father.’”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
11 The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. 14 We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. 15 But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.