Ephesians 4:6 – 14
…one God and Father of all, who is over all, in all, and living through all.
However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ. That is why the Scriptures say, “When he ascended to the heights, he led a crowd of captives and gave gifts to his people.”
Notice that it says “he ascended.” This clearly means that Christ also descended to our lowly world. And the same one who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that he might fill the entire universe with himself.
Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.
Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.
Devotion by Chris Shiver
Before I came to know Christ, I could not bear the thought of a God who seemed so uncaring for the pain & suffering of this world. But through Jesus I came to understand that God really does love me and every one of us personally, and that the pain & suffering was an inescapable part of living in a world where each of us is free to choose either light or darkness, or somewhere in between. As I have matured in my faith and my relationship with God I have learned (and am still learning) to separate the lies that pass as religious doctrine from the truth that is based on God’s love. If you can’t find that love supporting a belief, no matter how wise it seems, then it likely does not come from God.
Jesus, I pray that I will always be focused on the love that you have for me, and that I will always be seeking ways to share that love with those I meet. Help me to always choose love over wisdom. Amen.