From January 16, 2015
by Pastor Cliff
Recently, I visited a woman who is seventy-eight years old. She told me that she is still so excited about life and that she wants to continue learning new things. “I feel like a young child,” she said. “There is so much I want to learn yet.” That’s maturity—not thinking you have arrived! Our mind should not be closed, but open. A mature Christian’s mind is expansive, growing, seeking, and willing to let God through whatever avenue the divine selects.
As I drove home from my visit I thought of what Paul told the believers at Ephesus: “Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.
Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love” (Ephesians 4:11–16 NLT-SE). Let’s hope our enthusiasm about life and desire to learn is such that we won't rest until we become mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.
See you at church on Sunday!
Interim Pastor, FBCR