Grow Up!

I love my children.  I mean, I really do. They are just my joys.  I love spending time with them, I love laughing with them, I love playing with them. They are just great.

And as a parent, I want what is best for them. I want to do all that I can do to make sure that they have all that they need, and most of what they want.  I want them to have every advantage in life.

The thing I want most of all for them is two-fold, that they grow up to be responsible adults that respect all persons and that work hard; and that they follow Jesus Christ with all that they have.

I want my children to grow.  In short, as much as I don’t “like it,” my goal for my children is for them to grow up.  To mature. To become adults.  I don’t like that notion, I wish they could stay 6 and 4 forever, but I know it’s just not possible.

You know what God wants for us today?  Much the same thing.  Listen to what Paul writes to us again in Colossians:

To 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. He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.

God has given us this hope of glory, Jesus Christ, in the desire that we should fully mature in Jesus Christ.

You know what God wants?  He wants us to grow up!  Just like as parents, we want our kids to mature, to be responsible, to make wise choices, to do what is right and be people we can be proud of?  God wants the same thing for us.

God, in our walk with Him and others, wants us be mature. To do what is right.  To make wise choices.  To be responsible. To be mature.

That’s our desire for our kids and our grandkids.

That’s God’s desire for us.

Today, are you doing the things to help you “grow up” in your faith?  Are you praying? Reading scripture? Worshiping with the people of God?  Serving?  Are you deepening your faith?

Or, are you staying a child?

God doesn’t want us to stay a spiritual child forever. He wants us to grow up. Today, are we doing things in our lives to that will help us mature? Are we doing the things to help us grow up?