Appraisal of theme – “Growing into Christ (Ephesians 4:13-15)” BY Lady Vida Oppong

Lady Vida Oppong

Praise be to God who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places. Today is Wednesday, 4th May, 2016 and the church was privileged to be ministered unto by Lady Vida Oppong. This service was a reflection and appraisal of the theme for the 2015/2016 Spiritual and Academic year which is “Growing into Christ”.

She started by saying if we are supposed to grow into anyone, then it is no other person than Christ, the author and finisher of our faith. We need to have a personal relationship with Christ and draw nigh to Him so that we can get a deep revelation about Him which causes our faith to be stirred up. She said, “Growing into Christ is not an act but it is a process and the fact that the theme is being appraised does not mean the process is ending but it takes a conscious effort to be like Him.”

We must take note that we cannot blame anyone for our inability to grow into Christ. Even God himself does his part of every task we are supposed to undertake before it even gets to our turn.

It is very essential to grow into Christ for reasons such as:

  • For the sake of the growth of the body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:15-16)
  • To know the deep things of God. The closer we get to Christ, the deeper the revelations given unto us.
  • For our own peace. (Psalm 37:37). Jesus is our source of peace and hope of a glorious future.

Also, growing into Christ is like an examination; when you pass, you go up the ladder of holiness. The church was admonished to reject any message that the devil brings in the form of temptations and messages that do not preach the message of the cross. As Christians, we have Christ in us who is our Hope of Glory and so that hope keeps us going in times of temptations and trials.

Ending, she asked a rhetorical question; “how do we know we are becoming like Christ?”

  1. When we begin to make impact.
  2. When the people around you get to know Christ.
  3. When you manifest the fruits of the spirit. (Galatians 5:22-25)

As Christians, let us see Growing into Christ as an indispensable part of our walk with God. Christ in You!!!

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