My wife said something to me yesterday. “Thank you for growing up, and becoming a man.” …well, it was something to that effect. On first glance that might seem like an insult and, in a certain context and depending how it’s said, it could be. But this wasn’t. It was sincere and appreciative for the steps taken for us as a couple and in my personal life to keep God at the center. You see, I had become a chaser of my pleasure and desires and had not fully considered its impact on myself and others. I was acting immaturely and doing a great job of it. Today I read a scripture that spoke deeply to me.
2 Timothy 2:24-26 (MSG)
Run away from infantile indulgence. Run after mature righteousness—faith, love, peace—joining those who are in honest and serious prayer before God. Refuse to get involved in inane discussions; they always end up in fights. God’s servant must not be argumentative, but a gentle listener and a teacher who keeps cool, working firmly but patiently with those who refuse to obey. You never know how or when God might sober them up with a change of heart and a turning to the truth, enabling them to escape the Devil’s trap, where they are caught and held captive, forced to run his errands.
I have been the one caught in the devil’s trap – through self-pity, addiction, and stubbornness… and God in His love and grace has freed me.
Where do you find yourself today? In a great place of seamless relationship with God, or do you find that everything is hard, contentious, and wearing you and others out? It doesn’t matter if you’re 5 or 50, we all have areas in our lives that need maturing. Why not take a moment and ask God to reveal those things that need dealing with and move forward in unity with the spirit of God? It is time for us all to “grow up!”