Ephesians 4:11-16 (NIV)

11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,  12 to prepare God’s 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 men in their deceitful scheming.  15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into 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 4:7  (NRSV)

Each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

DEVOTION – Alvarado Guajardo (Coaluila, Mexico)

Recently I planted two ornamental plants.  The larger one I planted in a big pot to allow it room to grow.  The other I planted in a much smaller pot, expecting it to remain small.  What a surprise to watch how the plants grew!   The once-smaller plant flourished and grew larger than the first, while the other remained about the same size.

Our spiritual growth can be something like the growth of my plants.  As believers, we each have a measure of grace and have been blessed by God.  But each of us relates to God differently; so, as with my plants, our growth in the Christian life can be very different.

Some of us remain the same for years, attending church but growing little if at all.  Others try new ways of serving and giving and then grow as Christians.  The apostle Paul instructs us to nurture our faith: “Grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ…as each part is working properly, [it] promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: How am I nurturing my spirit every day.

PRAYER:  Loving God, guide and teach us to live your truth in love so we may continue to grow.  Amen

PRAYER FOCUS: Spiritual Growth In Church Communities