Isn’t It Time to Grow Up?

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

The latest trend to capture the attention of many adults today is something most of us enjoyed doing when we were young children.  The activity involved a book, a box of crayons, and the instructions, “Try to stay inside the lines.”  Now you can purchase adult coloring books and even join an adult coloring group in your community as a means to alleviate stress and anxiety. 

I am certainly not against coloring or being young at heart, but I wonder if there comes a point in life when we must move forward and leave certain things behind?  In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians he writes, “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of Him who is the head, that is Christ.”  Paul is instructing us that unity and maturity should characterize the body of Christ.  Therefore, the goal of every believer is to study, know, and apply the truth (the Word of God). 

There’s much to be said for having the curiosity and enthusiasm of a child when you are an adult.  But, for a believer to go year after year without any indication of spiritual growth indicates a much deeper problem that needs to be addressed.  By God’s grace, let’s strive each day to show those around us that our childlike trust and enthusiasm for life grows out of our spiritual maturity and desire to live within the lines of scripture.