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Living a life worthy

Living a life worthy: Maturity of faith


unityChristian unity, or oneness in Christ, is an ideal we often hear about, perhaps even think about, but sadly it is rarely a reality. More often than not, we tend to put our own needs before the needs of others, except when it suits us.

Jesus showed us by example how we might overcome our innate selfishness by focusing on our love for God instead of self-love.

Paul was adamant that unity in the church was not only possible but vital. In his letter to the Ephesian church Paul lists certain personal qualities that all followers of Christ should cultivate in pursuit of Christian unity.

Paul explained that our oneness in Christ doesn’t threaten our individuality. The Holy Spirit has given each believer special gifts for building up the church. Perhaps we need help from a trusted friend or a minister in recognising them, but when we do, we have an obligation to use them in God’s service.

Only through selfless service do we begin to mature in our faith as we encourage others and build up the church.together

The Great Commission [Matt 28:18-20] simply would not be possible if we were to attempt this as individuals. But God calls us as members of the one body so we can share this task as a team. God equips us differently – some can do one task well – some can do another. Together we can obey God more fully than any of us could alone.
It seems to be a human tendency to overestimate what we can do by ourselves and underestimate what we can do as a team. As the body of Christ we can accomplish more together.




Ephesians 4:1-24 (NIV) 1As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called— 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 8This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men [and women].”

9(What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? 10He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) 11It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13until 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.

14Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men [others] in their deceitful scheming. 15Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. 16From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

CALLING [v.1] = a high and honourable state (vocation) as Christ’s earthly representatives.

HUMBLE [v.2] = willing to take little personal honour; giving higher place to others.

GENTLE [v.2] = meek, stirred to action at injustice suffered by others.

PATIENT [v.2] = persistent, enduring to the end despite great difficulty.