Paul’s Labor for the Church
24Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. 25I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness— 26the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. 27To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
28We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. 29To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.
This, to me, speaks of the work that we must do within the churches to help each member of the body be the best they can be. I look at how hard and how passionately Paul worked at this in the church and I believe that I must be aware of opportunities for people to build wisdom into me and for opportunities for me to work with others. Ok, and really, I am not sure what to do with this passage. Perhaps it will be clearer to me later?