Serving the Body.

churchI’ve been focusing this week on Ephesians 4:1-16. It has been my inspiration for this week’s suggestion of how you can CHANGE THE WORLD. Because you can, just not alone. We all need people. We need people to serve us and we need people to serve. That is what makes the body of Christ such a beautiful thing.  So… the FIRST suggestion this week is to serve your church in order to actively use your gifts as a part of the body of Christ. Whether you’re putting out coffee, sweeping floors, greeting, passing things out, or teaching Sunday School, find some way to plug in.

In Ephesians, Paul beautifully explains that we need unity in order to function. How do we get this unity? By being humble, gentle, and speaking truth in love. I don’t know about you, but this doesn’t always match my service at church. This brings me to my second suggestion of how to change the world through serving your church. Pray to be and make every effort to act as a voice of unity and through your actions show humility and patience. Politically, economically, and in any other -ly you can think of, the church is not called to be unified. However, spiritually, we are. That can only be achieved through mutual, humble service.

Enjoy your weekend, and I hope this passage encourages you toward service the same way it did for me!

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it[a] says:

“When he ascended on high,
    he took many captives
    and gave gifts to his people.”[b]

(What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions[c]? 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) 11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until 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.

14 Then 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 people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From 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.

-Ephesians 4:1-16

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