For some, 40 is a horrible number to move in to. But to be quite honest with you, I’ve been looking forward to it. I don’t really know why. But as far as I’m concerned, bring on the 40’s! (We’ll have to wait and see as I get closer to 50, if I feel the same way about that number.)
Christian maturity doesn’t have a time line. Many who have been believers for decades are still childish. No closer to being mature in Christ than they were when they started. Others round the bases rather quickly, and the conviction that comes from being in Christ and investing into the Kingdom is readily revealed in life, perspective, and philosophy.
The question is: What does Christian maturity look like?
The writer of the letter to the Hebrew believers contends, “Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and move on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And God permitting, we will do so” (Hebrews 5:13-6:3).
What I love about this passage is that Christian maturity is not defined. Have you ever noticed that? We’re told what its not. But not what it is. But what it is, is more like Jesus. And what it is, is more open to the Kingdom. And what it is, is more focused on the things that are important to God. And what it is, is less focused on the things that get in His way.
What turning 40 has caused me to better acknowledge is that I don’t have time to waste. I just don’t. Life is too short. And what we do with the life we’re given, too important. We don’t have time to waste. I don’t. And you don’t. The Kingdom is too important.
Glory to God!