…when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. – Ephesians 4:16
This is the nature of the church of Christ, and more narrowly, a local church. When each part is working properly, that is that each Christian is contributing to the building up of other believers, the body grows and builds itself up in love. This doesn’t necessarily mean that it will grow numerically, but it will grow spiritually, and it will grow united in love.
Oh, how we should long for this. Christ died for His church and rose again, that He may present her blameless. And the Holy Spirit empowers us to speak the truth in love and to build one another up, and it’s our responsibility to strive to be “working properly”. When any of us is not working properly, we don’t grow as we should.
Are you working properly? Are you contributing to the growth of the body of Christ?
Lord, help us to grow, for Your glory!