Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:13-16
“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, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and from by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.” (Ephesians 4:13,14)
God desires for His children to grow spiritually. The goal of ministry is to equip all believers to be more Christlike. This is one of the major responsibilities of church leaders. Sanctification is the process of growing in our faith. It requires commitment and perseverance. The Scriptures clearly state that we are responsible to work out our salvation — “Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12b,13).
Notice that we are responsible to work out our salvation. Obviously, this verse is referring to our sanctification. We are to use the means of grace that God has provided for us to grow — Bible reading and meditation, prayer, worship, Christian fellowship, etc. As we devote ourselves to these things, we are working out our salvation. We are learning how to apply the gospel to every aspect of our lives. We need consistent times of Bible study and prayer. We need to be part of a community of believers where we can hold each other accountable for our spiritual growth. Together we will be able to work out the implications of the gospel.
But also notice that the real power for our spiritual growth is the Holy Spirit — “for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.” The Holy Spirit is vital and essential for our spiritual growth.
Let’s go back to the goal of our spiritual development — unity in the faith, a growing knowledge of the Son of God, spiritual maturity, the measure of the fullness of Christ. There are high standards. These are the things we are to be working to achieve.
As we mature in our faith, we will develop spiritual stability — “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” (v. 14). As we grow in our faith, we will be more capable of discerning false teaching and will have the power to resist the temptations that come our way. We will be grounded in our faith and we will know the truth.
Holy Spirit, I pray that You will continue to work in my life. Enable me to grow and to be grounded in my faith. I pray that I will continue to grow in my knowledge of the Son of God. Enable me to know Jesus better and better. Thank You for providing the means of grace for me to use as I work out my salvation with fear and trembling.
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