7 By God’s grace and mighty power, I have been given the privilege of serving him by spreading this Good News.
The good news of Jesus is not simply when we die we get to go to heaven. That is only a small part of the good news. The good news of Jesus is we are now his body and we are invited to grow up and have his mind. By the power of the Holy Spirit we can grow up. God gives us his special love and his special power to be able to move beyond infant and child maturity. The good news is our world can be expanded by bringing the ways of heaven here.
If you are open and honest enough to actually want Jesus in your life, you will start noticing when you are an infant or child in your maturity level. You will certainly notice it in others. Paul brings this to our attention and calls this the good news in other writings, as well. Like Colossians 1.
Jesus is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. 29 To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.
Are you being an infant in your maturity level?
Is it up to other people to try to figure out why you are upset and is it their responsibility to try to fix this?
Are you an expert at getting upset?
Stop it. You are not being a good person.
Are you being a child in your maturity level? Is what you want the most important thing? Do you try to scare people into your way of thinking? Do you use threat or are you over-assertive and aggressive to get people to do what you want them to do? Do you or try to shame others into getting what you want done?
Grow up. The health of your relationships and the health of your world depend on it.
This is God’s call for all of us. Grow up. Be beacons of light and hope so that we can become an influence for the mind of Jesus to inform the ways of our world. Your life will go much better when you are following Jesus and growing towards his maturity level.
What is one thing I can stop doing today in the way I deal with other people that will be a sign of growth? Try it.