"Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good." 1 Peter 2:1-3
I think our society has lost its reverence for maturity. These days there seems no incentive to grow up and leave home. Children want to be children. Teenagers don’t want responsibility.
In fact adults don’t want it either. “I’m done adulting today” is a common theme when life gets too hard or there are too many decisions to make.
I get it. Responsibility is hard. The pressure of always making decisions is hard. Following Jesus is hard!
But you know what? We have a God who knows what life is like. Jesus didn’t want to die on the cross but he set his face towards Golgotha and resolutely pursued the call God had on his life.
And thank goodness he did because now we have eternity both now and forever! We have new life and hope and peace.
So if Jesus can do it so can we. We can make the tough choice. We can choose to be kind. We can come to church ready to give and not just to receive. We can have our Holy Spirit radar up ready to see who God might want us to give a word of encouragement to.
As Christians we need to grow up! God is good. He has saved us. We live in his grace.
Therefore let’s live like it’s true. No more mucking around getting upset and being mean. No more envy or speaking badly of each other. Let’s live a bigger, more God-focused life.