Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Are You Maturing as a Christian

As you read through the first sixteen verses of Ephesians chapter four you see that the means of maturity is the Word of God, the measure of maturity is Christ Himself, and the mark of maturity is love.  So, at what point do you know if you are maturing?  Is there something that we can look at or point to, in ourselves or in others, that would be evidence that we are mature spiritually, or at least heading well in that direction?  Well, there is, and it actually is pretty simple....here it is:  When you lose yourself and start asking the Lord to make you a blessing to others and to Him.  When your desire becomes more about the Lord and others, instead of yourself, you know you are on the right track and on the way to maturity.

If we were to sum up the life of Christ, that is what we see that stands out about Him.  We see this in the gospel of John when He says these things:  "I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me."...My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to accomplish all His work."...But so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father commanded Me."..."Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."

Friends, let us seek to be a blessing to others, and to the Lord.  Let us lose ourselves in Him and in others.  And in doing so, may He use us for His greater glory!  Amen.

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