Good morning everyone,
The scriptures that we have at our fingertips are so powerful in how they apply to each of us! Starting in Ephesians 4:4; We are all one body, we have the same Spirit, and we have all been called to the same glorious future. There is only one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and there is only one God and Father, who is over us all and in us all and living through us all. However, He has given each one of us a special gift according to the generosity of Christ. That is why the Scriptures say, 'When He ascended to the heights, he led a crowd of captives and gave gifts to His people.' Notice that it says 'he ascended.' This means that Christ first came down to the lowly world in which we live. The same one who came down is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that His rule might fill the entire universe. He is the one who gave these gifts to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God's people to do His work and build up the church, the body of Christ, until we come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God's Son that we will be mature and full grown in the Lord, measuring up to the full stature of Christ. Then we will no longer be like children, forever changing our minds about what we believe because someone has told us something different or because someone has cleverly lied to us and made the lie sound like the truth. Instead, we will hold to the truth in love, becoming more and more in every way like Christ who is the head of His body, the church. Under His direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. Each one of you receiving this blog was created by the God who I just read about from Scripture in Ephesians. That same God Loves you and He created you so that you would go out into the world and be a 'Living Example' of that same Love to others. May God richly Bless each of you as you trust Him to lead you on this awesome adventure!!
Your brother in Christ,