from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.Ephesians 4:16(NASB)
Paul lays out a clear picture of the make-up and function of the Body of Christ in his epistle to the Ephesians. He discussed the unity of the saints, and the importance of thinking of others as better than ourselves. We are to speak the truth in love. He talks about the great diversity within the Body of Christ, and the spiritual gifts and graces that each believer receives.. according to the measure of faith that God has dealt to each one.
Paul explains.. that the purpose of God's gifts and graces, is that they are to benefit the whole Body of Christ. They are to equip one another for the ministry, or service, that each has been called by God to fulfil. Gifts and graces are given, so that all believers may be doctrinally sound and practically equipped, for the work that God has prepared for each one to do.
Some members of the Body of Christ are equipped for evangelism or teaching. Others may be graced with the gift of giving or helps. ALL however, are part of the whole. All gifts and graces should be used to help us grow in the unity of the body.. in faith. All we do should be done to the glory of God. ALL members of the body are equally beloved of the Lord and all are accepted in the Beloved.. by grace through faith in Christ's finished work, at Calvary.
ALL are called to grow in grace and in a knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and all are called to speak the truth of the glorious gospel of grace, in love, to one another. All are to grow up into Christ, Who is the Head of the Body, of which we are all members.
Whether the service we do for the Lord is open and visible to others, or whether we work quietly behind the scenes.. Christ is the Head of the Body and we are all members together. He is the One Who equips us for service and fits us together as He chooses, in order to fulfil His plans and purposes in His perfect way.
He is the one Who supports and supplies all we need for the proper working of His body. He is the Vine and we are individual branches - and He it is Who causes each member of His body to grow in grace, and build itself up in love and respect for one another.
Let us be thankful for our great salvation and may we be willing to fulfil our own unique role in Christ's Body - in the place where He has planted us. And let us look to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.. Who for the joy that was set before Him.. and for love of the Church, endured the cross.. despising the shame, and is seated on the right hand of the Majesty on high.. until that wonderful day when He will come in the clouds of glory to take us to be with Himself for ever - praise His holy name.
Heavenly Father, thank You that I am part of Christ's body and thank You that we are united together in Him. Thank You for the unity we have in Christ and for the diversity of people that have been saved by grace through faith in Christ. Thank You that we are all one in Him and are being fitted and held together, as we live and work according to Your plans and purposes. May we grow together in Him, and build each other up in the unity of the faith - this I ask in Jesus name, AMEN.