God Is Maturing Us

This week in our Study of Ephesians, Pastor Daniel Barta leads us through how God is maturing us.  Pastor Ken shared this past Sunday.  You can see his sermon here.

Are We There Yet? by John Peavy

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As I drove along today with my wife for a vacation / business trip, I was reminded of past vacation trips with our children.  If you have a childhood memory of traveling, you know the common mantra of “Are we there yet?”  This mantra would inevitably begin to resonate from the back seat of the family car as the trip grew long.  On those trips, we knew there was an end because we had a clear idea of what our final destination would be.

In our Christian walk, our end goal is to look like Christ.  But, do we really know what that means?  If we are honest, no.  We will not truly have a full understanding this side of heaven of what that fully means.  However, like those vacation trips, we are moving toward our goal with a steadfast determination to finally arrive.  Also, like those trips, the time spent getting there is not always enjoyable.

As we go along, the idea is that we become more mature in our understanding and behavior so that we get closer to being like Christ.  In our walk, that requires time to learn, from His Word and our own salvation experience, who He is and how we need to change.  As we mature, there are things, people, and activities that become less important and fall away because they are surpassed by the thoughts, feelings, and resulting actions of pursuing Christ.

We must also understand that we do not mature because of our efforts.  Christ is the power that works to change us.  Without Him, we have no understanding of the scriptures.  He gives us life and opens our eyes to the truth (Ephesians 4:17-18).  It is His work that brings us to maturity.  We simply need to be obedient and stop giving our sin nature control – which He gives us the power to do as well.

Finally, much like we look back on our family vacations with a sense of nostalgia and a recollection of fond memories, it is not because everything went well.  Rather, it was difficult.  There were periods of discomfort, disappointment, frustration, and boredom.  As hard as it may be to comprehend, our shared struggle brought us together as a family.  We formed bonds and built memories that were not otherwise possible without the struggles to overcome.  Our love for one another allowed us to move past the issues and set the wrongs behind us.  Our Christian walk is the same.  It is in love that we look past the faults of others and ourselves to move together in our pursuit of Christ.  Also like our siblings, we are more or less mature than our sisters and brothers in Christ.  We accepted them as they were then and should do so now with our Christian siblings as well.  We are all on this walk together.

Things to Know:

  • If you are not involved in a Life Group you can find a complete listing of our Life Groups by clicking HERE
  • You can get a member book for the study at the Life Group table in the Worship Center or you can get one by attending a Life Group Ephesians Study

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