INCREASE OF THE BODY
By John Fredericksen
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:16
How does a local church and individuals within the local church continue to grow? Most Christian book stores have manuals with programs and contests that the writer assures will bring growth; but the real answer is not in human wisdom or fleshly activities, even when done with the best of motives. God's formula for corporate and individual growth in the Body is found in Ephesians 4:16.
Once again, the Apostle makes the comparison between the human body and the Body of Christ to parallel our instructions, First, we must understand that "the whole body [is] fitly joined together." God's marvelous wisdom has properly placed the foot, the head, the eye, and all the parts of the body in exactly the right place to function at its very best. This is also true for believers. In His wisdom, God sovereignly leads us to the place where we best fit in and where He can best use us in the cause of Christ. Secondly, we must see ourselves as being "compacted by that which every joint supplieth." In the human body, the joints connect different parts of the body together so each vein, each muscle, and each limb functions as intended. Every saint is to serve in a similar capacity. Through the use of our spiritual gifts, we are to supply a needed aspect of ministry which enhances the needs of other believers. Thirdly, we need to understand that it is ONLY when "EVERY PART" of the Body of Christ is functioning in this way that growth' is sustained. No one is excluded from this needed exchange of mutual ministry. No member is too obscure or feeble to contribute something that will benefit others. Therefore, when each of us seeks to edify other believers, this "effectual working ... [is what] maketh increase of the body."
If you or your church are not growing, perhaps it is because you are not doing the part God would have you do in the work of the ministry.
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