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Catalyst 2.0 Prayer Guide : Growing in Christ by Charlene Armitage

Growing in Christ

by Charlene Armitage

Ephesians 4:11–13:  So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.  

 Life in Christ is truly a journey. It’s just that it’s usually true for everyone but me! It is tempting to believe that I have arrived, or am simply refining the imperfections. In Ephesians four Paul encourages the church (then and now) to “grow in every way …” This isn’t surprising language from scripture. We are accustomed to this type of instruction and encouragement. However, as we look more at chapter four, we quickly realize our rugged American individualism may be in jeopardy.   

As the church we are called to unity (4:3), and to the use of our individual gifting (4:11). Not a problem. I can do my job and play nice with others. But let’s read again …   

“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from who 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.” Ephesians 4:15-16 ESV  

 We are to mature in all areas of the Christian life. But, the Holy Spirit does not gift us in every area of the Christian life.   

Uh oh. To obey and follow Jesus I need other people? That’s the design? Yes, the entire body.   

Thank you, Jesus, I’m not doing this on my own … especially when I think I can.   

I have a dream. I am praying for the day when every member of this body will know that they have a valued role based on the ability to name their spiritual gifts and experience fulfillment and joy as they serve, encourage each other and become more Christ-centered. 

Ask God to help you learn more about your gifts and how to use them for God’s kingdom.  Pray for the opportunity to more fully use them with people you come into contact with.
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