February 14, 2018
The Word: Maturity
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship” (Romans 12:1).
Mature Christians learn to celebrate Paul’s teaching on living a determined and sacrificial Christian life. Presenting our bodies as “a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing God” is a high calling. Christians are to live out this high calling by serving God and others. Becoming mature in Christ through service is what brings pure joy to living.
Mature Christians must also refuse to conform to the patterns of this fallen and sinful world. They mature and learn to live transformed lives through the renewing of their minds. Only minds given over to God can demonstrate what is virtuous, acceptable, and faultless in His eyes for accomplishing His perfect will and experiencing the precious and priceless product of His pure joy.
A transformed life always affects others because it has been transformed by the sacrificial death of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus changes people. It is impossible to remain the same once He has entered into your life. His transforming presence then overflows into the lives of those still trapped by sin. His works of service are not jobs for Supermen, but for determined and maturing servants.
The Church should be filled with countless numbers of determined workers who are laboring every day to lift up sinful men and women from the open manholes of this fallen world. The pure joy we have embraced after receiving Jesus as our Savior and Lord must be given away.
People won’t know this pure joy in Christ unless we go and tell them there is a better way of life. Broken people need to know there is deliverance right around the corner. God’s way of deliverance must always be on the tip of every mature Christian’s tongue.
One of the greatest hindrances in coming to Jesus is the excuse of temperament. We make our temperament and our natural affinities barriers to coming to Jesus. The first thing we realize when we come to Jesus is that He pays no attention whatever to our natural affinities. We have the notion that we can consecrate our gifts to God. You cannot consecrate what is not yours; there is only one thing you can consecrate to God, and that is your right to yourself (Romans 12:1). If you will give God your right to yourself, He will make a holy experiment out of you. God’s experiments always succeed.
Father, we have seen Your faithfulness through the lives of countless servants who have borne testimony to You over centuries. May we be worthy of being counted among them. Empowered by Your Holy Spirit, may we also be a good example of those who live lives of love and compassion toward all we meet. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Devotional taken from The 9 Marks of a Mature Christian: A Pattern for Effective Christian Living by Robert F. Loggins Sr.