August 8, 2021

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August 8, 2021

“It Takes a Village”
Ephesians 4:1-16

…But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.

What does a healthy and vital faith community look like? The writer of Ephesians imagines a body with many parts, each bringing specific gifts and talents, and knit together by every ligament. Which is why a church of many brings fresh ideas, works together with a shared purpose and goals, takes turns at leadership, and uses the gifts given to them by God, building each other up in love. Every person, no matter their age or ability, has something important to give to help the church to go where Christ is calling us.

Christ calls us out together to a specific purpose, to glorify God. He may have called us one by one, but he called us to work together, and to be dependent on one another. I know that is hard for us to do, to be dependent on one another, but we are not lone rangers, we are the church. We dare not try being the church alone, just as we dare not try to lift our arms without our muscles and ligaments! It takes every person, you might say it takes a village, to do Christ’s work as his church.

If you believe that you are too young, too old, don’t know enough to contribute, feel you’ve done your time, or that you don’t have enough time, then remember that God puts no limits on age, ability, or time. God sees something in each one of us: a gift, a talent, a special ability, a passion to further God’s mission of love in the world. And when we are empowered and encouraged by others, then we can grow strong into our callings.

Let us work towards ensuring everyone knows they have gifts to share no matter where they are in faith or life; that we empower and encourage them to see themselves as a vital ligament in this body of Christ; and that we find as many ways as possible to join together in being the church. We are stronger together. Amen.