April 29, 2018
Ephesians 4:11-… And He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
This is a revelation to many saints. We have thought that the professionals, those being paid, should do the ministry. That is the formula for most of earthly life. We pay doctors because they are professional. Those who are not are called quacks. In the ministry of the gospel, God has given the directive to the non-professionals to do the ministry. He has given the responsibility of training to the professionals. Paul calls it “equipping” rather than training. As leaders, we are to give people the tools and the knowledge of how to use them. It is not just knowledge; but it is not just tools either. It is the, combination of the two. As the writer of a daily blog, I must be careful to not present a quick fix to problems. First of all, there aren’t any. Secondly, that’s not my role. My greatest desire is to cause love for the Word to well up in people and I pray that they/you will look to the word for your answers and inspirations. I am a professional; but, I m also a person in need. As a person, I am being prepared to do the work of the ministry. As a pastor, I am equipping others for that purpose. The end result is that we all come to the fullness of Christ.
Until we all attain to the unity of the faith and to the knowledge of the Son of God.
I am intrigued that both unity and knowledge are listed here, and that they both seem to be tied to maturity. For some reason, I have thought knowledge is my doing, but in light of these verse, I wonder if it isn’t God’s doing. The goal is way beyond me. I am to come to the knowledge of Jesus. Are you kidding? He has all knowledge. But, even with His unchallengeable knowledge, He submits to the Father. On His final night, He prayed. “Nevertheless, not my will but yours be done.” Knowledge brings understanding and acceptance of position. God is in charge.