Sunday, June 03, 2007

Eph. 4:1-16

We just finished watching a High School production of Peter Pan – The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up. What a wonderful story of childhood and imagination. At the heart of this story is the question: What does it mean to “grow up” and how do we know when we’ve made it?

Peter Pan would tell us that we shouldn’t grow up – we should stay children and have fun. He would tell us that when we loose our imagination - our ability to believe in Never Land – we’ve grown up. Is that it? Or is it when we pass through one of the societal gates like graduation, or leaving home, getting married, or starting a family? Are we grown up when we begin making certain types of decisions or behaving in certain ways? Do we ever really grow up?

Today’s reading takes the question of growing up and turns it toward our spiritual life. The Bible is very clear that we should be in a spiritual maturing process and I think this short passage shows us several ways to gauge our maturation in the walk of faith.

  • We each have to come to a point of acknowledging Christ as the Son of God, to a point of accepting and confessing one Lord, one faith, and one baptism.
  • We each have a responsibility, a job, in the building up of the church – the Body of Christ.
  • Our convictions and beliefs shouldn’t be changed with each new teacher or book that we read. They should be founded on the unchanging truth of God.
  • The Spirit working in us should be transforming us more and more into the image of Christ.

In the story of Peter Pan, many of the characters had to face the questions of growing up and decide how they would answer them. How would you answer the questions from today’s reading?

  • Have you acknowledged Christ as your Lord?
  • Do you know what your gifts and talents are in building up the Body of Christ? and are you exercising them?
  • Are your convictions and beliefs founded on the Word of God?
  • Is the Spirit working in you? Are you being transformed more and more into the image of Christ?
Let's not be a spiritual Peter Pan.

Alan Davenport

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