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Family Church Daily Devotions - Family Church Devotion - Wed Oct 10

Family Church Devotion - Wed Oct 10

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

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Ephesians 4:11-13 - Audio attached
 
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.
 
We know from the story of creation in Genesis what an incredible engineer God is, able to design an intricate system of cells making up a functional human body. In today’s verses, we see Jesus as the engineer in creating the body of Christ, also an intricate collection of individuals with function, purpose and the ability to grow.

In school, teachers, counselors and staff guide, teach and develop skills in students. In a similar way, Jesus knew the members of his body would require some guidance to unify and participate in the purpose he had in mind. “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” (Ephesians 4:11-12). Jesus gave us leaders to guide the growth of his Christian body, equip us for serving our God and others, and build us up in unity.

In a sense, we are all Christian leaders in our homes, friendship networks, churches and communities as we are all called to be active in the body of Christ. As leaders, “let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24). We can lovingly encourage those around us to serve and grow.

And when we think of ways to serve together, we can gratefully acknowledge the unique interests, attributes, talents and skills God has given to us. “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” (I Peter 4:10).

If God gave you a smile and an engaging personality, ask a friend to accompany you in going to a nursing facility to visit with residents. If your language of loving service is food-related, instead of preparing and serving Thanksgiving dinner for your family, gather your family to prepare or serve Thanksgiving dinner for someone else. If you are blessed with stationery and stamps, sit down with your kids to write thank-you cards to send to members of the armed forces or veterans at the VA Hospital.

Enjoy the opportunities God gives you to lead, serve and grow together in the body of Christ!
 
Christian Worship 481
O God, Your Hand the Heavens Made
Verse 2
 
To us are given gifts divine;
All talents you have sent.
Inspire us now to use them well Your kingdom to extend.
We hold each gift a trust from you Nor claim it as our own;
We gratefully acknowledge, Lord, All things are yours alone.
 
Dear Gracious God,
Thank you for your amazing design of the body of Christ, and giving each of us gifts which enhance the functioning of your spiritual body. Please show us ways to build up others and serve together, further bringing us closer to each other and to you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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