What does it mean for us to present those to whom we minister as mature – in other translations, “perfect” or “complete” – in Christ? Paul writes to the Church in Corinth that there is coming a day when the Lord “will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God” (1 Cor. 4:5). Paul’s ministry goals were oriented toward the Reformation of hearts.
Is the orientation of our ministry goals any different? We labor to fill and safeguard the pulpits of our churches with Christ-exalting proclamation, graciously warning and instructing the flock of God to heed the voice of their Good Shepherd, the Lord of human hearts. As elders, we are called not only to bring God’s Word to our people, but also to bring our people to God’s throne in urgent, pleading prayer for their hearts. In anticipation of that day when He shall come to judge the living and the dead, we labor by Word and prayer, with earnest zeal and faith, for nothing less than the Reformation of hearts.