Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional.
We don’t have
to mature – we can stay in the attitude of immaturity. Or we can choose to grow, to become wiser as we age. If we want to.
The Bible talks of growing up, of maturing. It talks of putting childish ways behind us. Why? Because we were created to be like Jesus. We should want to grow and mature because it draws us back into being closer to what God intended. We call this “discipleship”.
It’s not just about learning (though learning plays its part) – becoming like Jesus means not just knowing stuff, but learning to speak like Jesus, to think like Jesus and to act like Jesus.
Now that sounds like a tall order – and the truth is: it is! But today, here and now, God knows that we will not be perfect
– and isn’t disappointed when we aren’t. But He does seek followers who are willing to progress,
who are willing to keep on going, come what may.
The Bible talks about God using all things
for the good of those who love Him. All things. That means that even trials and temptations will be used. Whatever the source of such trial and temptations, God will use them to build our character. He will use them for good.
So discipleship is everything that builds and grows us into being more like Christ. The easy bits and the tough stuff – we should grow through it all.
Let’s learn, let’s grow. Let’s keep going. To be like Him.