Colossians 1:3-14, Psalm 1:1-3, Matthew 24:14, Ephesians 1:7-8
Do you remember your first steps as a child? I don’t remember mine, but bet it was exhilarating!
It is not quite as exciting to take steps as I’m sure it once was, but it definitely makes life a whole lot easier when you are skilled at it. Sometimes maturity can sound boring, as if the excitement has been taken out of something. However, in reality, maturity allows us to navigate life in a more skilled fashion, avoiding dangerous pitfalls and living a life that flourishes.
In many areas of our lives we are on a natural trajectory towards maturity. We grow from infants to toddlers, from adolescents to teens, and finally to adults. This happens automatically, without much thinking or even active participation— it just happens. Maturity in some aspects of our lives, on the other hand, will not just happen in the way of growing taller, getting a deeper voice, or growing facial hair (some of us are still hoping for that last one). In fact, in key areas of our lives, maturity necessitates—even requires—that we actively participate in, foster, and nurture our growth. Otherwise, we will remain in an early stage of development.
Paul is writing to a Colossian church just beginning to take its first steps in their newfound faith in Jesus. He is letting these young believers know that he is praying for them, that the new life planted in them would permeate their lives and have its effect.
God’s primary objective and delight is for us to grow up and walk. This is His goal for us: “to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God” (v. 10). We are to actively cooperate with God in this endeavor of taking on the character of Jesus. As we do, we will not only bear the fruit of spiritual maturity (Galatians 5:22-23), but we will actually come to know more intimately the God who saved us.
The reality is we need power to grow. And it will not come from mustering it up, but by the powerful rule of God that has taken its place in our lives through the bold rescue of Jesus Christ (v. 13). In Jesus, God has secured both forgiveness of and freedom from our sin. Our response: give thanks and grow!
As men of God, may we pursue maturity in our walks with God, living lives worthy of our redemption in Jesus Christ.
written by Chris Comstock