. . . but there is M and a E which spell ME
Seriously, I never thought that was funny, more like selfish. How could someone think and act or play in a way to say that they don’t need the team. I would like to see you win that basketball game all by yourself, with no support, encouragement or even direction from your coach. You probably could win – if you didn’t have an opponent – right? – but you do, lots of them. The reality is that individual wants it to be all about them. Its the epitome of arrogance.
Yet, that’s how I can live out my faith and ministry at times.
As I’ve been studying Ephesians i have been challenged about how I am a part of something bigger than myself and the ministry I do. I’m a part of The Body of Christ”!
This means I need to . . .
Know who the Head is and represent Him well: Eph 4:1 . . . walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called
Do my part on the team: Eph 4:12 . . . equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ
Not compete with others on my team: Eph 4:16 . . . when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
The last one is the kicker. When i’m competitive – I’m more concerned with my glory than the glory of God through His body. When I am not deeply grieved by the sins of fellow brothers or sisters in Christ and not trying to support in the restoration process, but instead feel justified because that may not be my personal struggle or i “figured” something like that would eventually happen to them – now that’s the epitome of arrogance.
Eph 4:3,4 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call . . .
It really isn’t just about me- duh!
What God has called me to do by His grace and strength is an important part of the body and I can even the more rejoice in my need of my fellow brother and sisters in Christ and therefore encourage and equip by walking in my calling and also – which is essential to the former – be teachable.
This week’s passage from the Glorious Grace Bible Study was Eph 4:1-16.
*This is my eighth week going through the bible study Glorious Grace. Excited about what God is revealing and anticipating what is to come. You can read my takeaway from wk 1- A Great Transformation; Wk 2 – Gloriously Complete, Wk 3 – An Accurate View, Wk 4 – Walking in Them: Good Works, Wk 5 – To Be Brought Near, Wk 6 – Grace, Wk 7 – To Really Know His Love