Colossians 1:27-28 – God decided to let his people know just how rich and glorious that truth is. That secret truth, which is for all people, is that Christ lives in you, his people. He is our hope for glory. So we continue to tell people about Christ. We use all wisdom to counsel every person and teach every person. We are trying to bring everyone before God as people who have grown to be spiritually mature in Christ.
I have been playing at the guitar for years. No, I didn’t say I play the guitar. There so many people who can really play well. I just do simple chords. And I sing and play for my own edification and for the joy of the Lord.
But I am excited that I am learning now how to switch keys. Some things are hard to play and sing because they are not written in my key. Some songs are easy to change keys by adding a capo and taking it up a half-step or two. Others can be changed if you know the chord progression and start of with a different chord. Learning to change keys is a step in maturing as a guitar player.
I love what the Apostle Paul says in Colossians 1:28 about bringing people to God as people how have grown to be spiritually mature in Christ. I don’t know why but we lump all Christians into one category. We don’t think of them as being in grades or being immature. After all, no one likes to think of themselves as immature.
But we all have to grow up in Christ. It has taken me many years to get where I am with the guitar and I still don’t look at myself as a guitar player.
We get to put on the badge of being a Christian as so as we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior but that doesn’t mean that we are mature. My father, who is about to turn 80, confided in me that he is “like a baby” learning how to listen to the Lord. He said that God has confronted him because for years he has been running from the Lord like Jonah of the Bible. It is funny to think of my father as a babe in Christ. I learned many valuable life lessons from my mother and father. I won’t be where I am today without those lessons.
But we are all babes in Christ. We are working for maturity but we have not made it yet. Paul himself stated that he is striving for perfection and that he has not yet achieved it. If Paul looks at himself as not fully mature than it is time for all of us to realize that we have some growing up to do yet.
I have to admit that in my weight loss journey I sometimes act like a kid. The other night we had some really good chicken and noodles for supper. I ate mostly vegetables and tried to be good. But when no one was looking I was sneaking back to the kitchen for more. Sometimes I sneak cookies or other things when no one is looking so that I can eat without being chastised. I have some growing up to do if I plan to hit my goal weight sometime in this century.
In my walk with the Lord I have some growing up to do too. I sometimes want to please others at the expense of pleasing God. I want peace in the family of God. It’s hard to point others to maturity when you haven’t achieved it yourself. I feel inadequate and humble to be intrusted with this mission.
It’s time to sing in a different key. Let’s allow God to transpose our lives and move us to a point of Christian maturity, love, and peace.
Dear Lord Almighty, Thank you for this journey of learning and growing. Help me to be the mature person that you have called me to be in Christ Jesus, my Lord. I ask you to allow me to accept instructions and discipline. Encourage me to shine on me with the light of your glory. Let your showers of blessings fall so that I may grow in this season. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
“Maturity is achieved when a person postpones immediate pleasures for long-term values.”
-Joshua L. Liebman
“Sometimes we’re so concerned about giving our children what we never had growing up, we neglect to give them what we did have growing up.”
-James C. Dobson