Attaining to the Whole Measure of the Fullness of Christ pt. 2

Ephesians 4:14-16. (NIV)

14Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. 15Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. 16From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Continuing from my last post, this is what the fullness of Christ looks like. It doesn’t sound at all like something to look forward to in Heaven, but rather a goal that God wants us to attain here. To be filled with all the fullness of Christ is to be mature; not unstable or vulnerable to being deceived by false teachings. It is to be truthful, but always speaking in love. It is to be united, with every member doing its part to build up the kingdom, again always in love.

What happens if I treat this not as an unreachable ideal, but my actual goal for myself, and for my brothers and sisters in Christ? If I take maturity seriously as something God wants to build in me, and will build in me if I earnestly seek it?

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