Becoming Mature in Christ

I was thinking many things this morning–such as it’s the first full day of spring as I gazed out the window on the inch of “snow flurries” that visited during the night.

Then I picked up the daily newspaper–yes, “Mr. Online” reads the daily newspaper on paper–and saw the featured story was about many young teachers who have lost their career and even spent time in jail because of sexual misconduct with their students. It may range from inappropriate texting or Facebook posts all the way to intercourse.

I then recalled the many reports from research into poverty and lack of children’s achievement that directly correlates to single-parent homes usually headed by a woman. I don’t think any reports say it’s as much because the head of the household is female as much as it means that there is little or no male influence in the family and in the development of the young people.

Some people who were at university with me had the idea that they would never be a “role model” but just wanted to live the way they wanted. That evolved into Boomer parents who didn’t want to be parents but friends with their children. That has evolved into a “do your own thing” society where seemingly no one wants to grow up and accept responsibility. I see that in so many actions.

Fortunately, this is not descriptive of everyone. But it is descriptive of far too many.

Remember your adolescent years when you hated structure and rules? I do. I still don’t like to be told what to do. But I also had a goal of spiritual maturity. And because I believe (and I hope act) with responsibility people often mistake me for a conservative Republican.

I just think that we all have to grow up. And to those who are not, they are lost. Lost in the sense of no direction. Drifting through life.

Spiritual maturity comes through practicing the Spiritual Disciplines. Learning the goal. James says, “and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.”

Paul writing about spiritual gifts in Ephesians says, “until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.”

You don’t really “teach” Spiritual Discipline. You “guide” people into beginning and then deepening their practice. If there is one thing I wish I could do it would be to help many more people begin their journey to life with-God and help them break their cycle of wandering without purpose.

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