Ephesians 4:12 (NET) …to equip the saints for the work of ministry, that is, to build up the body of Christ…
In the preceding verses to today’s Bible text (Read verses 8-14), we can see that God has given the Church gifts of Apostles, Pastors & Teachers, Prophets, and Evangelists. These were given to help equip the saints and help them grow spiritually- so that they would no longer be spiritual babes. It is important to note that the people with the above-mentioned offices are gifts to the body of Christ.
One of the most common sources of spiritual stagnation among some very serious-minded Christians is spiritual malnutrition. Malnutrition happens when you eat only one kind of food diet from one source.
God in His infinite wisdom did not plan that one single person will carry all the resources that His people would need to grow. One of the worst things you can do to your spiritual growth is to limit yourself to one single individual for all your spiritual nourishment and growth, all your lifetime.
Even though there are times that God could join you to a certain gift in His body for certain seasons of your life, and there are definitely people whom God has ordained to father and pastor you; to whom you are accountable, God never intended that you should receive all your spiritual nourishment from just one source. This is not consistent with the New Testament Church. Many Christians have had stunted and one-sided growth because of this error.
One effective way of getting your part in a gift to the body of Christ is by reading books and/or listening to sermons.
As you go into today, ask the Lord to open your eyes to the gifts that He has sent to help you grow.
Prayer: Thank you Father for further advancing my spiritual growth. Amen.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
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