In light of recent events, a couple of characters have really stood out for me.
Firstly, Ariana Grande. If I am brutally honest I had not heard of her before the Manchester attacks but, I don’t exactly fit the demographic of this 23 year singer from the USA.
Secondly, Donald Trump. It seems everybody has an opinion on the 70 year old president of the USA.
Following the attacks in Manchester and London we have seen Ariana Grande supporting victims and working to unite a city and Donald Trump launching an attack on Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London.
My thoughts were “how come a 23 year old singer can behave with more compassion and maturity than a 70 year old president”? It certainly proves the quote attributed to Walt Disney, Carroll Bryant and others;
To grow old is mandatory, to grow up is optional
I believe in the Bible and so was interested to see what the Bible had to say about maturity and growing up
Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly – mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. (1 Corinthians 3 vs. 1 – 2)
He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. (Colossians 1 vs. 28)
There were a lot more passages too. I came away from my study with the clear understanding that the goal of the Christian life is to grow to maturity in Christ. We are not to remain as “spiritual infants” but, we are to grow up! The more I dwell on this, the more I see this as one of the parts of discipleship.
So, how do I grow up?
It begins with the choices I make about the attitude I will adopt. The Apostle Paul wrote;
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had (Philippians 2 vs. 5)
Sometimes, in life, we have to ask tough questions of ourselves. The tough one I have to continually ask myself is;
Is my attitude the same attitude that Christ Jesus had?
And, if it isn’t, am I brave enough to change ?
Have you the courage to ask the same questions of yourself?