So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then 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 people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From 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.
Some people can be very protective of their place and position, making it difficult, if not impossible, for someone else to gain their knowledge or experience. But not You, Lord Jesus. You have purposely given Your church gifted individuals for the express goal of equipping us to be replicas of You. Whereas some might see this as just another form of pride, we, Your followers, know it is the expression of Your deepest love for us.
Your heart is to build us up, to help us attain to the full stature of Your character because you know this is what makes us the most happy and fulfilled. When we are loving like You love, when we we are making a powerful contribution to the welfare of another like You do, we are operating at our “factory” best.
I want to be everything You are, Lord. You want me to be everything You are. There is nothing better to be. So equip me, equip me, equip me. Let me never tire of gaining more knowledge and skill to minister to my brothers and sisters in the body of Christ. Help me maintain absolute unity in the faith with them. Make me worthy of Your gifts.