You're Grown But So Are Your Obstacles
Talk about a harsh title right? You already know that this one is going to get real personal so brace yourself. This is your only warning if you so choose to proceed with this post. Now moving on:
I didn't want to grow up. Ever since I was a child, I was confused (still am, to be honest) as to why people also want to grow up so quickly. Goodness, I made a promise to myself in seventh grade that no matter what happened, I would always stay a child. Sadly, though I wanted to be a lost child and move to Neverland, they weren't accepting new citizenships😂, so I was subject to growing up. Now I'm grown.
'So, whoever thinks he stands must be careful not to fall. These things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our instruction, on whom the ends of the ages have come. And don’t complain as some of them did, and were killed by the destroyer. No temptation has come upon you except what is common to humanity. But God is faithful; he will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation he will also provide a way out so that you may be able to bear it. '
That's what we like to say right? I'm grown. It's our way of defining ourselves as adults and setting boundaries with people so that they know that we know what we're doing. However, I find that when responsibilities arise, when conflict meets us during this journey, and when we get faced with opposition that we are either uncomfortable with or unaware of, we tend quite our chanting "I'm grown," as much as we typically would. Sometimes, we don't even believe that we are as grown as we've been proclaiming to the world.
'Concerning this, I pleaded with the Lord three times that it would leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and in difficulties, for the sake of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. '
Isn't that ironic? We say we're grown, but when it comes down to be mature even in spiritual maturity, we get quite. What did we think was going to happen. (Mind you everything I'm saying now and asking, I have already had this conversation within myself, and I continue to do don't be easily offended. Just hear me out.)
We are selfish beings. Period. There is no ifs, ands, or buts. You can argue with me (which I will likely deny because I'm not misplacing my energy in an argument) but at the end of the day, to say that you've never been selfish is to say that you are not human. We want authority and control until we're faced with challenges that growth comes with.
Spiritual maturity requires that we grow, well spiritually. Calling ourselves grown means that we are accepting the truth that we are going to be facing obstacles that are heavier and more trying than we could've imagined. You and I cannot say that we want to be treated as adults if we're not willing to go through the experiences that make us adults. Being spiritually mature isn't determined by our age. I honestly could care less on how long you've been following Christ when it comes to your how spiritually mature you are (I said I'd get personal didn't I?) To determine our maturity, we must be willing to look at the battles we have faced with Christ on our side.
'Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with my righteous right hand. '
So good job, you've determined that you're grown. Now it's time to accept the fact that you're obstacles are going to be harder. But don't turn into a quiet mouse. Don't hide. Instead, boast! Yes, I said it, boast. Boast on how God is about to bring you through everything you're going to be facing. Boast about how strong God is about to make you. Boast on the mountain tops on how much God is saturating his Spirit in you so that you may be able to live a life that shows the power and love of Christ!
I'm not going to tell you that being grown is easy. Every adult will tell you that it is a struggle. But choosing to let God make you spiritually stronger and mature your faith through your walk with Christ is doable. Expect to face challenges that will try you till all you can say is, "Jesus!" Though, unlike the famous saying, I believe that God will never let you stay comfortable in your life but instead will assist you in the battles. The Lord will never allow you to face anything without providing an exit, guidance, and strength which will ultimately make you stronger in Christ than you could've ever imagined.
If boasting is necessary, I will boast about my weaknesses. '
You're gown now. But so are your obstacles. Get ready to battle and grow like never before!
Until next time…