Tuesday, March 2, 2021
As I write this, I am still rubbing my eyes as I awaken from a vivid dream. The final statement I was making while preaching in a small church is still resounding in my heart and mind.
“Since by faith in the atoning work of Jesus Christ on the cross we have received the forgiveness of our sins, and have been declared eternally righteous by God, we ought to be constantly growing in faith unto spiritual maturity as measured by the fullness of the stature of Jesus Christ. So why is it, then, that so many self-proclaimed Christians are not mature, and are not visibly daily living by faith and thereby displaying the glory of God to others?
As I completed that question in my dream, I awoke, and immediately grabbed my coffee and wrote it down for all to read. It is the piercing question for all of us to consider for this day.
The Apostle Paul defines maturity for us.
“He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 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, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” Ephesians 4:10-16
Are you becoming mature in Christ?