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Grow up, Christians! Grow up! // by Marialicia Coates

By November 25, 2016Relationships

Want to hear a love story? I’ll tell you mine. Well, actually it’s not the main love story, but it is the story on how I met my husband. My mother in law is the one who made it happen. Yes. I was at a wedding that she attended. When she saw me, she thought, “She is perfect for Joshua.”

She called the groom from the wedding (the mutual friend) and asked him to set up a “group date” so I could meet her son. I must say, Trey (the groom and mutual friend) did an amazing job convincing me to come to meet Josh. Trust me when I say I was not open to the idea of “set ups.” I ended up accepting and boom! I met the love of my life. I’m so grateful for my mother in law and Trey! Now come with me to 1 Corinthians chapter 3 and let’s read verses 6 through 16.

“6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 9 For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. 10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames. 16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?”

You might be asking yourself what does this have to do with the story I shared at the beginning. See, this chapter is making something very clear. We may have people who introduce us to Christ and others who teach us about Him, but only God can really lead us to growth. Only a strong foundation in Christ can help us become people who walk in stability and who can grow to the stature of Christ.

Just like Trey or my mother-in-law are not responsible of my marriage, your leaders, pastors or favorite preacher who made you fall in love with Jesus are not responsible for your relationship with Christ. You are responsible to seek God for yourself. You are responsible to study His Word. You are responsible to dig deeper every day. Only you can let God in so He can help you go deeper and deeper. He will never force it. He needs you to allow Him in.

This is your responsibility: to let God grow you through your hunger for Him and to let God teach you through His word and the intimacy of a relationship. Sorry if that sounded like a mom’s lecturing, but, people, we need to grow up! We can’t just expect for our pastors, leaders and favorite preachers to make it easy for us. We can’t allow for ourselves to rely on their already researched, studied and one minute microwavable spirit meals.

Christianity is all about knowing your role in this relationship with Christ. Christianity is about taking responsibility when it comes to knowing Christ. Do you agree?

 

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