July 2, 2010

Fitly Joined Together

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- July 2, 2010

“From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” Ephesians 4:16 KJV

What does it mean to be fitly joined together? Like a hand in a well-fit glove there is a comfort and ease of use. When people are in their proper positions, and they understand their role, there is not a lot of inefficiency. A good fit means everyone on the team is excelling and no one is worried about the follow through of a fellow worker.

There is an ease that comes in relationships and work when we are fitly joined together. There is a chemistry and connection that happens when we compliment one another’s gifts. For instance, a visionary needs around him or her process thinkers and project managers. The chief executive is responsible for execution through complimentary skilled team members. Alignment around implementation brings agreed upon results.

When the Body of Christ works together there is mutual love and unity. This is why it is wise to engage partners and people in your business or ministry that have the same values and priorities in life. A very competent team member, without depth of character, can cannibalize your culture. Furthermore, a person of character without consistent competence can bruise your brand promise. Fitly joined together requires trustworthiness.

Ultimately, we are united around Christ who is the head. Whether its marriage, business or ministry, focus on Jesus keeps our perspective bigger than ourselves. He is the One who empowers and equips His children with wisdom, strength and skills. Be bold to move someone out of a role that is not a fit, so the whole team becomes healthy and fit.

Keep your company and home Christ centered. Receive God’s gifts and graces for the sake of the whole Body of Christ and you will experience the fruit of being fitly joined together. Love and respect among believers facilitates unity and spiritual growth. You know you fit together by faith when excellence is the outcome of each one’s work.

“And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit (Ephesians 2:22).”

Is my marriage jointly fit together in Christ? Who at work is not the right fit?

Related Readings: Ezra 3:9; Matthew 19:6; Acts 1:14; Ephesians 2:21

Boyd Bailey is the author of Wisdom Hunters daily devotional and two devotional books, Infusion and Seeking Daily the Heart of God


Comments

  1. Clement says:

    Greatly blessed and enlightened by this. It helped me understand why Paul enjoined the church to “endeavor to keep the unity of the body in the bond of peace” It is only in that environment that Christ can be seen in us. It is only in that environment we lose sight of self and focus entirely on Jesus seeking not our own but that which promotes the gospel and builds the church of Jesus Christ.


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