Re: Verse reading–Ephesians 4:1-16 (day four)  Maturity…it is a principle that is demonstrated in all of God’s creation.  A seed is planted, it grows to a tree, it bears fruit, and the fruit ripens.  A child is conceived, he grows to birth, he is born and lives apart from his mother, and he soon grows to be a child, a youth, an adult.  Spiritual maturity is what we must strive for as a believer.  If the process of growth is interrupted at any point, there is no maturity, there is death.  Paul says, “…we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ.”  Paul goes on to say that each of us is vital to the growth of the body…the church.  Verse 16 says, “from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body…”  If our personal process of growing in Christ is hindered, it damages the growth of the church.

Author: Larry Soape

Larry Soape is the Associate Pastor for Median & Senior Adults, and Missions at FBCSA.

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