Are you Old or Mature?

My birthday is running fast trying to catch me and will do just that on December 25! Age, it happens to us all, and what is the alternative? Death! When we are young we take so many things for granted, such as running up the stairs and back down again, dropping to the floor to sit cross legged and being able to read the fine print in your Bible which is laying on the floor in front of you and then standing up without having to hold on to the back of a chair, eating Pizza and drinking coffee right before bedtime and being able to sleep and many other things, of course I haven’t experienced any of this personally, but I have read about it in books!

I watch older people struggle in and out of cars, driving cautiously while young and impatient drivers honk for them to go faster.

John 21:18 Jesus speaking “Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you clothed yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not wish.”

So as we get older, do we find that people want to know what we think because we are, wiser? Well, not really, however, instead of just getting older why don’t we get Spiritually mature so that we really can help others?

Start this way:

1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

Cultivate understanding: 1 Corinthians 14:20 Dear brothers and sisters don’t be childish in your understanding of these things. Be innocent as babies when it comes to evil, but be mature in understanding matters of this kind.

Follow the example of Christ: Ephesians 4:15 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. Philippians 3:15 Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you.

Learn deeper truths of the Gospel: Hebrews 5:14 Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong. Overcome temptations 1John 2:14 I have written to you who are mature in the faith because you know Christ… God’s word lives in your hearts, and you have won your battle with the evil one. Not older, wiser and more mature. Psalm 92:11-14 The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing.

My birthday is going to catch up with me no matter how hard I run so I guess I will try to be more mature and age gracefully!

 

2 Replies to “Are you Old or Mature?”

  1. I chuckle. I wanted to go mingle with people after work, but I asked God what to do and He reminded me that I’ve been tired and would probably benefit from resting more than mingling. I need to get the house in tip top shape because my room mate will return from a trip tomorrow evening and she left it that way. I did little housework, but I’ve rested, been alone with God and devoured 2 of your brothers old messages on tithing.

    Sunday I begin my love affair with Activation Church. I’m excited and one of the things I told young Aram, I think I did anyway, maybe I just thought it, but I am a “Titus Whoa-Man” I’ve reached that age, but I am in a wonderful season. Totally surrendered.

    The lady that attended with me is going again and I believe she’s going to get saved if she hasn’t already by the time I pick her up on Sunday. I just know that I know that I know that I am in the flow of God’s moving.

    My grandson spent the night with me last night and my husband picked him up this morning before I had to go to work. It was a loving exchange. I know that we’re both very sorry that the marriage is no longer sustainable, but the hand of God has shown enough light for each step I’ve taken in this process.

    So I am grateful to/for you and your sister, for leading us Whoa-Men of Harvest. I plan on talking that up amongst the young Whoa-Men of Activation and look forward to 2016. God’s message to me on January 1st, 2015 was to “LOVE YOUR LIFE” I’ve made many changes this year and as I reflect back, I see a new car, a new church family, a new residence, a better job, family ties that are being rearranged, and as I look forward to a new role in a new branch of my same church family a calm assurance that all is indeed well and I do indeed love my life. Even as I reflect on the family I’ve watched this year pass into their eternity on the other side of the veil that we cannot yet see. My cousin Fay, then my Aunt Ann and just a month or so later, her son, my cousin, Tommy. My sister wife who only obtained that title shortly before her death when I determined that’s the family tie we had since we birthed children into the same paternal family, and then finally (I hope there’s no more this year) My 33 year old nephew Matthew.

    Oh, one more thing I did that reflects maturity is I sat with a keen eye, a calendar and my bills. I am again picking up the covenant I had dropped. Part of being totally surrendered. Good night, my friend.

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