May 8, 2012
The statement has been made that "A fool at forty is a fool forever!" What that statement implies is that if one hasn't matured by the time they have reached the age of forty, it is not likely they ever will! Maturing does not instantaneously occur at a specific age. We don't mark a date on the calendar with a big circle as the day we come of age. That is true both physically and spiritually. It is A PROCESS that is BEST BEGUN IN the very early DAYS OF YOUTH. And though some may mature quicker than others, maturing is still the expectation.
There is not much information recorded in the Scriptures regarding the childhood of Jesus. However, what is noted is of great significance. The PROCESS of Jesus' growth is noted by Luke where we read. . .
"(52) And JESUS INCREASED IN WISDOM AND IN STATURE AND IN FAVOR WITH GOD AND MAN." ( Luke 2:52 ESV)
What is described there is GROWTH or PROGRESS intellectually, physically, spiritually, and socially. It all goes together and is the product of the good discipline and nurturing that ought to be accepted.
In the psalms we read. . .
"(9) How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. (10) With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!" ( Psalm 119:9-10 ESV)
Whether a "young man" or young woman, focused in this manner the result will be the same. If you have not begun, begin now. You will be laying the foundation for the rest of your life and the impact can be of eternal consequence. Don't underestimate the ultimate impact of what you are focusing on now. Don't waste the present opportunity thinking you have years ahead of you to grow up later. Now is the time for building toward what is to come.
May the PROCESS continue for us all as we seek to grow up "to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ." ( Ephesians 4:13) There's real maturity!
Have a great day MOVING TOWARD BECOMING ALL GOD DESIRES US TO BE!
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