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.
These verses follow up on our topic of "honor" from last week. Honoring those who lead in the church is scriptural. Jesus calls each and every one of these leaders to do what they are doing. He leads them, to lead us. We still need to be watchful, and careful, though. I think sometimes even though called by God, personalities and personal desires can get in the way. Sometimes even leaders lose their way.
Holy Lord, thank you for the leaders you have sent to help me to grow. Amen