We have been spending this entire week looking at the definition of ALL OUT. We have discovered so many things that are in two little words, ALL OUT. I am sure that God has revealed to you even more as you have sat with Him and made it personal to you.
Today we will look at the last part of the definition of ALL OUT: fully developed
Let us break this down so we can see what God is trying to get us to see and how we can apply it to our lives.
Fully means completely, thoroughly, through and through. I have been speaking to you in almost all my sermons that God is looking for a Bride, one without spot or wrinkle, who will move into accomplishing her assignments on the earth while there is yet time before Jesus’ great return.
So why is He speaking to us about being “fully developed?” The answer is that if we live immature Christian lives we are under-developed. We will not represent Him for who He truly is to others if we are not applying the principles laid out in the Word for us to live our lives by. Therefore, we can’t be ALL OUT because we are still trying to get ALL IN.
If we are always concentrating on what is wrong in us and in others, we can’t move into all that God has to say about what we can accomplish. We won’t experience how awesome and glorious it is when we walk in His pathway for our lives. He will always bless us way more than we could ever imagine if we keep on keeping on. That means we must continue to learn and to allow the Holy Spirit to invade our lives to the fullest. We must welcome Him to change us from glory to glory.
We recognize the need to sit in His presence. We recognize the need to give all of our faults to Him and let Him change us. Have we allowed Him to completely and thoroughly transform us to the point that when others see us, they know they are looking at Him? Are our words the words that would reflect only Him? Are our actions the same in the church building and out of the church building?
If not, then how do we become “FULLY DEVELOPED?”
Ephesians 4:11-16 NKJV
11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,
15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head — Christ —
16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
There is so much in these verses that I can’t possibly share it all in one day, but the point I believe God wants us to understand is this: He has a design and structure for you to be mature. It starts with understanding the gifts He has provided for you through those He has assigned to watch over you, to lead you, to train you, to teach you and to bring you into a full understanding of who He is inside of you.
We call these the five-fold ministry gifts because they are gifts to every individual who wants to grow up in Christ. This goes against much of the thinking of today as everyone likes to believe we are all equal. That is true and also not true. We are all equally important. We are all equally loved. We are all equally called to purpose. Not all are called to be a part of equipping the rest of the saints to bring them to maturity.
You may have great influence in the business realm, education, or even the entertainment industry. You may be a scientist, or a doctor or a brilliant computer person, and they are all VERY important to us all. God has given gifts and callings to each one of us. Some are called to build the Church. The Word tells us this: the apostle, prophet, pastor, teacher and evangelist have particular assignments to accomplish in order to equip the saints for the work of service.
That means the apostle, prophet, pastor, teacher and evangelist are going to be held responsible for doing their part to help mature Christians to the point that they become one in the Spirit. They help Christians reach the place of maturity to know what they believe, why they believe it, and that they are settled on how to go ALL OUT in helping others, reaching others with truth, and loving others to life in Him.
When everyone recognizes God’s structure and receives what they need from those He has set in place for them to receive from, then we become a fine-tuned machine for the King. We value every gift that is in our midst. We see every person the way He sees them and we help everyone with all that we have learned.
Then LOVE wins and we become “FULLY DEVELOPED.” Developed means evolved, improved and refined.
The Bible talks about us being refined in the fire of God. If the Apostle, Prophet, Pastor, Teacher and Evangelist are spending time in His presence, then they can bring the fire to the people to help them be refined in the fire of God’s Word, releasing revelation knowledge and spiritual truths that can be applied to everyday situations, as well as keep our hearts on fire for more! Hallelujah!
This is not to say the five-fold minister is above anyone else. No, they are to do the part that is assigned to them. But as you recognize them as the ones called to do just that—to help you mature and grow into what God has for you—you can lay down your defenses and receive easily and quickly to grow up faster yourself.
“Every joint supplied” means you are to be connected and stay connected. It means you are to exemplify Him to others and help them with all you have learned to apply to your life in your sphere of influence. That is God’s intention for us all. Now let me make this perfectly clear: No ONE person will have all you need. No, God never intended it that way. He wants us working together. If it were otherwise, He would have given us one person to tell us everything, and then you would have nothing more to contribute to others.
He is a RELATIONAL GOD. He wants us to recognize who He has placed in our lives to help us and He wants us to join forces with them. He wants there to be no division. He wants us to walk in love and grow and learn. He wants us to continue to learn as we hold each other’s hands going forward together. And we can, because that is how He designed it. He is God, and He is always right.
Let us take this time as we fast and pray to be fully developed by what we are learning. We are fully developed by what the Holy Spirit is doing, and by taking advantage of what God has put inside each one of us to accomplish as we go ALL OUT with Him for one another.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We recognize today that You do nothing without purpose, design and structure. We want to be fully developed for YOU and to benefit by it for ourselves. Please help us to recognize those You have put in our midst to help us in our maturing process, and then help us to go ALL OUT in reaching others as we do our part. We are so thankful for this opportunity to fast and pray together. Help us to be concentrating on the same things, to give our attention to the same things, to fall more in love with You together as we empty ourselves out before You at Your feet. Thank You for being the God we can count on, and thank You, God, for putting gifts inside Your structure to bring us to full maturity,
in Jesus’ name, Amen.
King of My Heart – Gretzinger, Riddle, Rhee
Sails – Pat Barrett
Your Love Changes Everything
What was your “ah-ha” moment?
How can you apply this in your relationship with God, and what changes will you have to make?
How can this help you with your family?
How can this help you with others in your daily life?
Think BIG: By applying these truths, how are you expecting this to impact your family, others I your everyday life, your city, and the world?