We are called to equip and build up the body of Christ (Eph. 4:12). The word, “equip” means to furnish or fit completely and the word “build” means to construct something. We are called to furnish or fit ourselves completely with the Word of God. We are to build up the body instead of tearing it down.
G.I.G.O. is an acronym that means garbage in garbage out. What you put into yourself comes out. What you fill your brain, your soul and your heart with, will eventually come out in the way you live your life. When you put garbage into yourself then your life will be full of garbage. When you put healthy things into yourself then you will have a healthy life.
How do we grow spiritually? The process of spiritual growth can be slow and agonizing because it’s all about what’s happening inside our hearts as the Spirit of God shapes and molds us into the image of Christ.
The opposite of unity is disunity. The opposite of something that is bonded is something that is divided. And the opposite of peace is turmoil. Disunity, division and turmoil have affected every institution from the family, to the church, to the government.
We are called to walk in hope-filled obedience and Christlike character. We fill our lives with some flavor of hope and then like a glass with perspiration our obedience has a certain character to it.
The apostle Paul was a man that knew who he was in Christ Jesus. He knew what Jesus did for him at the cross of Calvary and nothing would stop him from obeying the call of God on his life. He’d been called by God. He belonged to God. And he took his calling seriously because his hope was in Christ alone for the glory of God alone.
We need the truth of God to straighten out our worship disorders. The word worship means: to honor or revere someone as a divine or supernatural being. It means to regard someone with great or extravagant respect, honor or devotion. It means to exalt or adore or treasure or to be satisfied with or to desire someone more than anything else.
The goal of the Christian life is to become more and more like Christ. This is the aim of what Paul writes to the Ephesian church. His aim is that we would become more and more like Christ as we sit securely, walk obediently and stand firmly.
The kind of love that God has for us is an eternal love that must be experienced. It’s not the kind of love that can be simply outlined. It’s the kind of love that surpasses every outline. Take a minute and read Ephesians 3:14 – 21 and listen to how Paul prays for us to experience the love of Christ.
When small things become the main things, the most important things become forgotten things. This is what happens when we lose sight of the love of Christ.