Time to Grow Up

Michael Beck

“Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro …” (Ephesians 4:13,14)

A child’s tragedy is that he didn’t get his way. But adults can throw temper tantrums too. Growing in God requires us to rightly assess what is more important in God’s sight. He is largely uninterested in making sure that our day goes according to our plan. He is very vested in His will being done in our life, even when our will is crossed.

God lays out for us what makes for a “happy” life: “… Yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.” (Psa. 144:15) When we are at the center of our world, we are bound for unhappiness. We are not God. We are not worthy to receive power, honor, and glory. All things have not been created for our pleasure. The world is not supposed to revolve around us.

Godliness is the key to happiness. He has created us to live for His pleasure, not our own. We are to give Him power, honor, and glory because He alone deserves such. This is what mattered to Christ; it is what should matter to all who call themselves by His Name. Let us grow up as believers, into the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.