A few months after we married, Keith saw a product on television that was supposed to prevent fog on the mirror. I didn’t believe that it would work and told him so, but he ordered it anyway. I probably made fun of him when he insisted that it was going to work.

He was so excited when it arrived. The next morning, he sprayed the stuff on the mirror and took a shower. The shower was maybe three steps away from the mirror above the sink. He was so disappointed that morning. The fog-buster didn’t work!

I made it worse when I laughed.

Fooled! He can laugh about it today.

Christians can be fooled, especially in this feel-good, selfie world we live in today.

Paul warned the Ephesians not to be fooled by the swirling doctrines of the day. We have Christian brothers and sisters who are equipped to speak the truth in love when we are tossed about by strange doctrines that sound appealing.

I did not speak the truth in love that fog-generating day.

“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

God makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

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Did you know that you have been given special gifts that will equip you to encourage and build up other Christians?

“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,” Ephesians 4:11-13

And there are many more gifts found in Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and 1 Corinthians 14.

Do you know what your gifts are? How are you using them to help build up other Christians?

Together, we can grow in Christ. Together, we can be transformed.

Father, thank You that we don’t have to walk this Christian path alone. Show us what our gifts are and how to help build up other Christians. Help us to grow in Christ and minister to Your people. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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