From Infancy to Maturity

Dave Gifford

READ : Ephesians 4:11-16

One of the marks of maturity is the ability to delay gratification. “I want what I want and I want it now!” is what an infant cries out to Mama. It’s also what lots of immature people communicate today. So many lives have been damaged by pursuing only the pleasure of the moment without thinking through the long-term consequences.

God is building us into a united community, the Body of Christ. A Christian’s measure of maturity is “the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (v. 13). Christ himself his perfect love and balanced character is our goal. He is our living Head through whom we find a vital fulness a beautiful completeness together.

Christian maturity comes by working to gether with other Christians to grow up into Christ, our Head.

We will not attain maturity overnight with out our brothers and sisters in Christ. We need each other’s gifts and insights to strengthen us and give us balance. We need help to sort out new trends in interpretation so we may detect the devil’s deceitful schemes. We desperately need close Christian friends who will encourage us to greater Christ-like atti tudes and actions by “speaking the truth in love.” Do you relate with other Christians this way?

PRAYER

Thank you for everyone who loves and helps me mature in Christ. Amen.