From Handbook to Scripture, Day 295
READING: EPHESIANS 4
Paul’s theme in Ephesians is captured in the pivotal verse that links the two major sections together: “Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called” (4:1). This remarkable chapter about the unity and diversity of the body of Christ marks the application of the glorious truths about our true position in Christ in Ephesians 1–3. Paul’s passion was that people would not only understand who they are in their vertical relationship with Christ, but also express this new identity in their horizontal relationships with one another. The gifts of the Holy Spirit were given to empower us to serve other members of the body in such a way that we build each other up and grow together in ever-greater maturity and Christlike character. By “speaking the truth in love” we encourage and equip others to “grow up in all aspects into Him.”
Prayer: Lord, I want to be renewed in the spirit of my mind and put on the righteousness and true holiness of the new creation I have become in Christ. Please empower me to love and serve others in such a way that they will be built up and encouraged in Him.
Meditation passage: verses 4–7, 15, 22–24, 32