This reading provides hope and encouragement for all of us, I think. I love Ephesians 4:16: “From whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”
It is certainly true that God provides special roles and gifts to help the body grow. There are apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds, teachers (potentially the teacher and shepherd refer to the same role). Yet, the body is not held together simply by those fulfilling these special roles. The body is held together and grows by that which every joint supplies. Every one of us is useful and helpful in Christ’s body. We don’t have to preach the sermon or shepherd the congregation to be a necessary part of what is going on. We are all essential to growth.
How great is that? I can be of help and use in God’s kingdom simply because I am God’s child. So can you. Today, why don’t we spend some time figuring out what we can do to help the body grow. We can all be of use.
Keep the faith and keep reading,
What struck you in today’s reading?