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1 Corinthians 14:26 (NET)
What should you do then, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each one has a song, has a lesson, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all these things be done for the strengthening of the church.

One of the biggest hindrances to the edification of the church by people with [spiritual] gifts has been the quest for self-glorification rather than the edification of the church. You cannot do both.

Many church assemblies today have structures that make it impossible for those who are not ‘ordained ministers’ to minister to God’s people (this is not God’s ideal). One of the reasons for this is because the only people they are sure might be truly born again and qualified to minister to God’s people are the ordained ministers. This in itself is an indictment on the quality of work done to raise true disciples in such assemblies.

We can see from today’s Bible verse that it is expected for believers to be a blessing to each other when they come to church gatherings. They are not only expected to minister their material resources but are expected to minister spiritual substance to each other. This is one way believers grow. But this is only possible when the focus of churches go from raising children who believe their main contribution to the work of God is financial to raising sons who know that it is an aberration for them to remain spiritual babies.

Doctrine makes disciples. The teaching people receive would go a long way in determining the quality of believers they would be– whether they would remain spiritual babies or grow into maturity.

Go into today remembering that God expects you to be a blessing to His people through your gifts rightly dispensed in maturity. Remember that spiritual maturity is a function of the doctrines you continually receive. It is time to stop feeding on baby food(doctrines) and become the great spiritual giant God has destined you to be.

Prayer: Lord, please help me continually grow into the fullness of your stature(Ephesians 4:13-14)

—Abraham Damilola Arigi
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