40. God wants mature children

Seeing that it is Father's day on Sunday, I decided to write something about God's Fatherheart today, concerning His desire for us as His children. I will continue with Moses' story next week.

Now all of us have a general idea of Fatherhood. Some have memories of good fathers, some have memories of bad fathers and others didn't have fathers, but they observed how fathers acted. Now interestingly that is one of the reasons that God gave us families and parents so that we can understand His relationship with us a little better. Imagine if we didn't have a thing such as family around, it would be really difficult to understand God as our Heavenly Father.

So today I would like to draw a comparison of one of the things that will make a good father proud and that would make God proud as well. (I'll leave bad fathers for now, as I am drawing the comparison with God Who is inherently good.) What do you think will make a good father proud of his children? Yes, if they achieve their dreams, yes, if they do their best in all they do, yes, if they get a good job, but I think what will make him proud above all else is if his children matured and acted as mature adults, imitating the good qualities that he has taught them, and of course when his children accept Jesus into their lives. That is what will make him proud. If his children learned from his mistakes and imitated the good things he tried to teach them and matured into lovely Christians and lovely citizens.

And the same is with God. Do you know what He desires of you amongst other things? He wants you to mature in Him. He wants you to grow in your Christian faith. He wants you to mature and present His good qualities and characteristics to the world. He wants you to get to know Him, so that you can effectively present Him to the world. You are His ambassador on earth after all, supposed to imitate the practices of our heavenly home.

But the sad part is that most Christians remain babies in the faith. Most Christians, once saved, relax and put their feet up spiritually. They feel that they are going to heaven, they have their ticket and now they can go on living on milk. They can stay babies and cry uncontrollably when something goes wrong. They can demand what they want, and they want it now, just like a baby. And they are fine with it. They want to stay like that.

But that is not God's desire. He wants us to grow. Imagine you go to a fancy restaurant and your 24 year old son sits there with his bottle of milk, while you are eating a sumptuous steak. And all you say to him is "Goo goo, Gaa gaa" like to a baby. That is embarrassing! People will start staring at you! But somehow we think it is okay in our spiritual life. We can continue drinking milk until Jesus comes back.

Paul warns about this continually. For example look at 1 Corinthians 3:1-3, "Dear brothers and sisters, when I was with you I couldn't talk to you as I would to mature Christians. I had to talk as though you belonged to this world or as though you were infants in the Christian life. I had to feed you with milk and not with solid food, because you couldn't handle anything stronger. And you still aren't ready, for you are still controlled by your own sinful desires."

God wants us to grow up. He wants to trust us with more of His Spiritual truths and wants us to move out in faith for all He has planned for us, but He cannot do it if we stay babies. He wants ambassadors for Him and unfortunately a baby does not make a good ambassador! Those of you with children will know that a baby is selfish and thinks only of himself and how his immediate need can be satisfied. That is all. He doesn't consider others and he certainly doesn't stop crying when you tell him to! Now in the natural it is normal, and even in the spiritual it is normal if you have just been born again. But if you stay a baby it is not acceptable in the normal or in the spiritual. We need to grow up in God. How? I will still do a whole study on it later on, but for now it is a very good start if you can really start learning and exploring your Bible and if you can make time with the Lord throughout the week, not only on Sundays. Learn what He wants to teach you, search the Scriptures yourself, don't just rely on what someone else is telling you. Start taking responsibility and learn about all the wonderful things God has said about you in the Bible and start living according to it.

Grow up and start making our Father proud, proud to have mature sons and daughters, presenting Him to the world.

Father God, please forgive us that we are still small in our faith. Forgive us if we don't make the effort to grow, but please help us to. Help us in making time to grow, we want to grow and we want to make You proud. In Jesus' Name. Amen

1 comment for “40. God wants mature children”

  1. Gravatar of HenriHenri
    Posted Friday, June 15, 2012 at 12:13:03 PM

    The path of spiritual growth is an exciting yet neverending process. It requires a receptive spirit which will allow the Holy Spirit to guide you, work through you to achieve God's purpose for your life.

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