‘Come on! Grow up!’ Easier said than done. Now that I’m older, seems like I have lots of ‘growing up’ to do! It’s true.
What does it mean to grow up? Ephesians 4: 15– ‘Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into Him…’ (ESV). The call to follow Jesus. Lifelong–at least from the moment of conversion. Total–not flirting with the fun parts only, ignoring the inconvenient or unpleasant.
Grow up in Him. That’s it! Never will be a time, in this life, when I can say that I’m fully grown. Always more.
So , why do I have rooms in my life’s ‘house’ where God is not welcome? Secrets I hope known only to me. Sins engrained as unholy habits. Know what I mean?
Growing up is a total commitment. Getting serious about God in ALL my life. I look at the twists and turns in my life, and I’ve seen that God has been with me, even when I’m terribly lost. He’s my faithful companion– on the good roads and even those littered with pot-holes, many of my own making.
In His hands, nothing will be wasted. Guilty times will weigh less as He lifts the burdens. Isaiah 43: 25 says, ‘I, I am He who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.’ Pot-holes…all filled!
One thing more. This business of growing up? It’s all about being in Christ and all for His glory. Not growing up for us alone but for Him… who is our All in All!
Lord, help us grow up to be more like Jesus. Amen.