Devotion of the Day

The Prefecting of the Saints

For the perfecting of the saints.
Ephesians 4:12

It is also the business of every believer to help other Christians to become better Christians. If a brother be overtaken in a fault we are to pray for him, not persecute him. Jesus was out to restore backsliding Peter, to fire him up – not fire him out. Peter was marked “Special”; “Go tell his disciples and Peter.”

The New Testament abounds in instructions to love one another, exhort one another, comfort one another, forgive one another, prefer one another, provoke one another to love and good works. W provoke one another, but not to love and good works!

The gifts of our Lord to the church, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, are not for display but “for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God.” To know Him ourselves and to help others to know Him better!

And as we help in the perfecting of others we are perfected ourselves. Working on ourselves all the time produces a warped saint. Our best improvement comes round-about, indirectly, as we help one another along.

Devotion of the Day

Better Christians

Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
II Peter 3:18

The First business of a Christian is to become a better Christian, to know Christ better, to decrease that He may increase. “That I may know him” was Paul’s supreme ambition.

It is possible to major on the negative side of this matter on separation alone or to stress solely the positive aspect in the victorious life, or Spirit-filled life, so that we develop a fad. The Christian life is Christ Himself. There is the positive, “Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ” and the negative, “Make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof,” and it is all simply more of Christ and less of self.

Here is a weak spot today. For all our religious wheels within wheels, we have no time for he cultivation of our souls, no time to know Christ better. How does He become more real? “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him” (Jno. 14:21). He makes Himself real to the obedient disciple. And the obedient disciple is daily a better Christian than he was the day before.