“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” Ephesians 4:15-16
This idea of growing up is such a fascinating thing. You don’t feel it happen, you don’t necessarily see it happen, but if you wait over a period of time there will be evidence that growth happened. For example, we recently planted some seeds in little pots that will be the beginning of our garden. Everyday we water the seeds, make sure they get sun, and everyday there is evidence that they are growing. First, they sprouted, now they are growing. Although we can’t watch them physically move, they are moving, it’s just slow.
We are called to grow up in every way into him who is the head. Paul is urging us to grow in spiritual maturity. What do we do in a season where we are prohibited from gathering? Afterall, isn’t this where we get our spiritual food? If we are not careful, our attention will be turned inward, toward “my growth.” Or the lack thereof due to our circumstances. Resist the urge to dwell on what we don’t have and look to what we do have. Let us adjust our focus to this beautiful truth…
Jesus is the head of the Church!
In fact, Jesus died for the church (Ephesians 5:25). Jesus holds the whole church together (Ephesians 4:16). You were brought near to Jesus, by Jesus (Ephesians 2:13). Jesus loves you with an immeasurable love (Ephesians 2:4-5). You (the church) are called the bride of Christ. The bride is beautiful and he cares more for the bride than we could ever really know!
I want to urge you more than ever to embrace the truth that Jesus is the head of our church. He knows our difficult circumstances, but he is worthy of our worship even when we have to do it in smaller groups from our living rooms! The Pastor/Leaders, gathering, or nothing else is the head, only Jesus.
Hold fast to scriptures like 1 Corinthians 15:58, 1 Corinthians 8:3, and Ephesians 3:20-21. Continue to feed your soul through quiet times with Jesus, reading his word, prayer, reaching out to your church family for help and prayer. You may not feel as though you’re growing, but if you are feeding on God’s truths, then you are growing and you will become like a tree planted by streams of water, fruitful and blessed! (Psalm 1)
Until we are able to gather again, I want to encourage you to continue gathering for worship online by Zoom on Sundays and Thursdays. I would also like to encourage you to gather with us for prayer online Saturday at 7pm!
To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. -Ephesians 3:21