Have we become dull of hearing, slow to understand, or fallen away by becoming lazy? Have we forgotten why we were called? Time is passing by and we may have not been studying enough, and we tend to wander onto other things. We should be constantly learning so we can become a good teacher of God’s way. Some don’t want to grow up and have not fully developed enough and they want to stay a child, but we must mature.
Luke 8:14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way, they are choked by life’s worries, riches, and pleasures, and they do not mature.
Are we stuck in a rut? Are we just standing still? Are we continuously trying to change our character each day to follow God’s way, or are we just comfortable staying a baby?
If we don’t grow, we only accept milk, but not solid food. God wants us to grow in character until we reach maturity, so he can return to us. We have a responsibility to learn between what is good or evil, what is wrong or right. Can you say that you are able to determine this?
Hebrews 5:14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. We must continuously look to see what is appropriate or not and whether we need to avoid certain things that are evil or wrong. We must become mature. We may be holding Christ back from returning.
Ephesians 4:1-32 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.
That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, about your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Therefore, each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Leave the foundation and build on top of it toward perfection, toward maturity. Change your thinking. Have faith toward God. Be diligent to make your hope and election sure. God promised us his inheritance and he is our anchor, our hope. Do we appreciate this?
Wake up! Grow up! Be mature!
Christ and our Heavenly Father are counting on us. They are watching.
Are we listening??