11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, - Ephesians 4:11-13
We know from meditating on this verse for a week that we are the saints, who are being equipped by our pastors and teachers, to do the work of building up the unity of faith and knowledge in the church body until we are mature like Christ. This is our purpose. This is what glorifies God and should be what dominates our thoughts. “What can I do to further the kingdom of God?” should be the question on our mind every morning and throughout the day. “How can I take what I have learned and use it to teach others, to further build up the body of Christ?”
We can get so wrapped up in the busyness of our days that this true purpose for our lives can get pushed aside. What we want takes priority, and our daily efforts focus on getting what we need. When we’re focused on ourselves and our own purposes, we quickly become dissatisfied our current situation, we experience relational strife because people fail to meet our expectations, and we struggle to find true joy. When our energy is focused on our purpose or our agenda, we will never find the peace that surpasses all understanding.
Our purpose in life is to further the work of the kingdom. We are to be working toward building up the body of Christ at all times. If you’ve been a believer for very long, then you know when you’re engaged in that work, you find a deep sense of joy because you are fulfilling God’s plan for your life. It should inform every decision you make, every effort you give, every conversation you have.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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