Relationships are powerful.
It’s not just what people can give you that can make you better, but the people themselves that makes you better. Just having one wise person alongside you in life can triple your level of productivity rather quickly!
Everything in Heaven works through relationships. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit relationship reveal the true beauty of God being a relational being. He is our image and likeness, therefore just like Him we are relational beings too!
I thought of something the other day. In the beginning, Eve was created out of the need for relationship in Adam. Since Jesus is called the second Adam and the Church is the bride of Christ, the Church was created out of the need for relationship in Jesus. The Church is Jesus’ Eve and the two shall become one. In the end, we are in Him and He is in us. Marriage is a mystery of Christ and the church according to Ephesians 5, but that’s another post for another time. But let’s look at another mystery of Christ in Ephesians 4.
“Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men . . . And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:” Ephesians 4:8, 11-12. (KJV)
In Ephesians 4, we learn the mystery of the five-fold ministry gifts of Christ. The apostle Paul revealed the goal of both the fivefold ministry and those who receive that ministry. It is the goal of the ministry to perfect, make whole, mend and equip the saints through the ministry of the Word and personal involvement. That equipping should then bring each person to the place of serving others. Our connection to each other releases our perfection.
While no perfect people exist, we must understand that there is a perfecting taking place. And at the forefront of our hearts we must always keep in mind that in every instruction it is God‘s goal to not only protect us, but to perfect us.
Jesus didn’t just die for your salvation, He died for your perfection!
“Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God.” – Hebrews 6:1
“Be ye therefore perfect (mature or fully grown), even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:48
“And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.” Colossians 3:14
“There is no fear in love. But PERFECT love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18
There’s only one thing that makes us perfect.
There’s only one thing that makes us perfect. Love.
Perfection is about you coming into healing, wholeness and maturity. Relationships are the place of perfection.
Relationships are a place of transformation and change. You have to believe that you are powerful. Maturity is in knowing that you have the power to love some one into a place of perfection.