If you’ve ever had kids of your own or spent time with them, you know all too well the frustration that comes from watching them fight over toys. Taking, pulling, yelling, crying-sometimes it’s sheer madness I tell you. I have three kids ages three and under, so believe me when I say I know what I’m talking about.
In Ephesians 4 Paul talks about believers who are like children, blown here and there by every wind of doctrine. It’s a very subtle yet powerful picture he draws by making this comparison. You might say that doctrines are like religious toys, and a young believer just loves to play with them. Heck, if you put him in the same room with other young believers chances are they will even fight over them. Who’s teaching is wrong (theirs), who’s teaching is right (mine)… you know the kind of stuff I’m talking about.
But just like my kids will one day grow up and put away their toys, so it is that when we as believers begin to grow up into Christ our Head we will no longer have that over-bearing fascination with doctrine which causes us to fight with our brothers and sisters and separate over non-essential issues. We come to see that all the doctrinal in-fighting throughout Christianity is really quite silly and that none of it is ministering life to people.
God has given certain men and women as gifts to His Body to help in this matter. These brothers and sister minister Christ and not mere doctrine. They build Christ into the Lord’s people in such a way that the Body is advanced higher and deeper into the knowledge of Him. This process is going on now, and it will continue to go on and on “until we all come to the unity of the faith in the full knowlege of the Son of God.”
To which I say, “Oh Lord, haste the day!”