Oh, Grow Up!

This phrase was commonly used when I was an adolescent and young adult.  Not only did my parents tell me this, frequently, and with good reason.  But even my friends and acquaintances would chirp the, "Oh, grow up!" to each other.

It's meaning is relatively easy to comprehend.  "Quit being such a kid and starting acting/thinking like an adult."  Today I hear some people say that they have a hard time, "adulting" meaning they don't like the responsibility of being an adult.  I get it.  Now before you assume that I'm about to go on a rant about millennials, young people, or "I remember in the good ol' days" stuff - I'm not.  You're safe.

In fact, let me help you out a little.  I'm 54 years old.  I left home and started college at 16, married by 21 and was employed in my career choice by 22.  That was kind of average.  Today is a different story.  You probably need to choose your career path by middle school.  Plan on getting a masters degree and will struggle to "get out on your own" by age 25.  15-year-olds are having to act like their 25, but 25-year-olds sometimes act like their 15.  That's normal.

Let’s bottom line it.  The process of maturing is starting sooner and ending later.

But then again, you might understand this a little better than you think.

When did you ask Jesus into your life?  I mean, for real - you meant it - you sincerely repented of your sins and your desire to live your life for Him every day.

The process of growing up in our relationship with God is a process.  I've seen some people grow by leaps and bounds in a short period of time.  But for most people, it has been a marathon process for them.  Discovering more about their relationship with Jesus every day isn't as easy as taking a class or reading a book.  It is something to be pursued and experienced.

Your faith pursues, and you experience His presence in your life.

But how do you pursue?

John 15:7  If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

Most people read the part about asking whatever and getting it.  Not so fast.  First, you must abide, wait, upon God. (More about that later) then you must allow His Words to be incorporated into your heart.  To the point, read the Bible.  

Many people read the Bible to find what they want.  You don't get it.  You read the Bible to let its words tell you what you need.  That's when our prayers are answered.  That's when we begin to experience a transformed life.  That's when we discover the presence and power of God.  

So today, what are you going to read from the Bible? 

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, speak to me through your Word today.  AMEN  


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