I Do MyselfBy Pastor Brian
Babies are cute. I should know – I’ve had a few. But the thing is, they grow up. Or at very least they grow. And when a child or teenager is acting like a baby it’s the furthest thing from cute. Much worse is when it’s a full grown man or woman. We have different expectations for each stage of life. And at each stage of life, it is up to us as individuals and a community to achieve the appropriate level of maturity. The same is true in our faith. In fact, maturity is a major theme in the letters to the churches.
Ephesians 4:13 (ESV): “…Until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,…”
Colossians 4:12 (ESV): “Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God.”
Hebrews 5:12 (ESV): “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food,…”
Hebrews 6:1 (ESV): “Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,…”
We should do everything we can to feed those who are new to the faith. We should offer them that which will nourish their souls. Part of that nourishment is learning to feed themselves. We help others to mature when we give them opportunities to be mature. When we begin to give others this opportunity, we ourselves become more mature.
There are three stages of maturity: 1) I’ll do this for myself, 2) I’ll do this for you, and 3) I’ll ask for your help.
We reach this third stage of maturity when we seek to accomplish things that we cannot do on our own. This is the stage when we pursue holiness with the help of the Holy Spirit. This is the stage when we seek to make God’s love tangible in ways that require a whole community.
What stage are you at? Where do you need to grow into the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ?