BEING AWARE OF GOD’S KINDNESS TO US GROWS US UP
What does it actually mean to be mature? As we keep looking at the epistles, we find out that maturity isn’t so much about what we do even though the Bible states that our behavior is to change.
I see learning how to walk in paths of righteousness as being in middle school. We have to learn how to do that. To grow up and come into what we call maturity in Christianity is not primarily about “I pray, I serve or I give.”
All of a sudden after we learn these basic things, when the Bible focuses on “What does it actually mean to be a mature Christian?” comes around to knowing who our Father-God really is, and sit is saying “a mature Christian sees this.’
People in the Bible looked full face into who God is. His glory comes and it touches them. They see something in Him that they’ve not seen before. They come to know God’s true character. When they experience the power of God’s glory touching them so profoundly, they want to be more like what has touched them.
I could have said that simply by saying it means adjusting our value system to reflect God’s value system. In reality, it’s a dynamic encounter with God being a father in your life.
When we see something in Him then we long to be that way ourselves. It’s amazing how God does this, isn’t it? God loves us, and then we long for His love in a deeper way.
God chose kindness for us. We long to be in that atmosphere of kindness. God shows Himself to us in some unique way and then we have to become what has been shown to us. This is what God has been in the process of doing with us now when it comes to the idea of Him fathering us.
The idea of knowing God as a father and Him being kind isn’t about knowing a fact so we can go home and think “Wow, think about that theological truth I’ve just understood.”
It’s more than that. It’s an invitation to walk through a door and see something that has been a natural longing inside of us to meet a kind God.