Wednesday, August 22
The Daily5 is a simple guide for daily time with God. Five activities for five minutes each. Start with the short devotional below, then pick four more activities from the listed options. It's ok if you can only do three or four activities! Commit each day to complete at least one of the five.
Therefore I, the prisoner in the Lord, urge you to live worthy of the calling you have received, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope at your calling— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.
7 Now grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 For it says:
When he ascended on high,
he took the captives captive;
he gave gifts to people.
9 But what does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower parts of the earth? 10 The one who descended is also the one who ascended far above all the heavens, to fill all things. 11 And he himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12 equipping the saints for the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son, growing into maturity with a stature measured by Christ’s fullness. 14 Then we will no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit. 15 But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into him who is the head—Christ. 16 From him the whole body, fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building up itself in love by the proper working of each individual part.
Paul has now moved into a new section of his letter. He is now speaking of practical ways believers should live in unity as the body of Christ. The word “walk” is important to Paul. It is his way of saying “we should live a certain way” (see 4:1, 17, 5:2, 8, 15). There are qualities that this “walk” entails that Paul shares in verses 2-3. In verse 7, Paul shifts from the church as a whole to the individual. Each individual has a gift, a purpose, that Christ has given to us. The purpose of these gifts? So that we might know and live what we believe. We know we have attained this when we display three marks of spiritual growth: stability in what we believe, able to speak truth in love, and fulfilling our role in the church.
Lord, thank you for the gift that you have given me. May I walk in a manner worthy of my calling. May I be stable in what I believe. May I speak the truth of the gospel in love, and may I fulfill my role within the church. Show me that role, Lord. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.
Paul shares that Christ has given us a gift to use in order to build the body of Christ. What is your gift? How do you serve the church? Are you serving the church? Find where you fit. God has called you to walk a certain way; one of those ways is to be united as believers. Find your role.
Pick Four More Activities
- Listen and Worship.
- Pray a Psalm.
- Read a Book.
- Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
- Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
- Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
- Memorize a Verse.
- List Five Things You're Thankful For.
- Encourage Somebody.