TOPIC: Becoming A Perfect Man (DCLM Daily Manna 17 July 2021)
TEXT: Ephesians 4:11-16
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
KEY VERSE: “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.” – (Ephesians 4:13)
The grace that drew our salvation plan also factored in the perfection of the redeemed. Attaining this spiritual height and experience is what every believer in Christ must carefully pursue and realise. This is the central theme of Apostle Paul who harped on the need of unity of the Spirit among all who have received and retained the transforming grace of salvation and sanctification of the soul, body and spirit in Christ Jesus. The grace and gifts of God received through Christ are to be employed in different ministry areas such as leadership, pastoring, evangelisms and in general building up of the Church.
Apostle Paul having followed Christ fully and obtained mercy of the Lord, felt compelled to exhort all His followers to walk worthy of Him and of our ministerial calling. By teaching, he demonstrated that getting things right as members of Christ’s Body must be through a humble and submissive spirit in discharging of our Christian duties. Unity with Christ helps us to develop and sustain the virtues which enable us become useful workers in the house of God.
Therefore, becoming a perfect man is the sum total of appropriating the graces of salvation, sanctification and the Spirit’s power which Calvary secured for us and utilising them in building ourselves and the church of God both locally and globally. The perfecting grace of our Lord Jesus Christ is possible and can be maintained through daily faithful walk with Him in study, prayer, praise and watchfulness.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Aspire to attain the stature of the fullness of Christ.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
1 Chronicles 16-20
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.