How mature are you in the faith? Some days I feel like I am in my thirties, and others I know I am still working on my adolescence…13 going on 30 again.
What distinguishes a mature believer from a young one? Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 3 that the believers were not ready for “solid spiritual food” yet because they were still acting in jealousy and strife. He asked them, “when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human?” Merely human. There is a lot of potential in the idea that we can go beyond the daily grind to something greater. God invites us to jump into a perspective for eternity that starts now!
Back to the jealousy and strife. Recently, I have been confronted to reevaluate my denominational mindset of Christianity. Sometimes we focus so much on how “I’m right” and “they’re wrong” that we have been missing out on the blessing of unity that Christ wants us to share (see John 17). Paul reminds them that all Christians come from God, and many Christians may have contributed to their eye-opening. God is the One who gets the glory!
As Christians, then, our lives are like a construction zone. We can build on the foundation of Jesus Christ with works that are lasting for eternity, that add beauty to the structure, or we can work in cheap, common, non-fireproof materials that will not make it through inspection (a fire…God has strict building codes!). Believers with good buildings will have a reward. Those with faulty structures will be saved, but miss out on more. I forget so often that there is eternity, and that my actions today can impact what it will look like. What is your default building material?
And why is this building so important anyway? Because we are temples of the Holy Spirit!!! In the Old Testament, God instructed the wandering Israelites to construct a movable structure, but it was no 60-second tent! It had layers of beautiful material made from the most precious resources available. Solomon’s temple was similar. And Herod’s temple had the disciples gawking. Today, God has chosen us as the places to put His glory on earth. That is mind blowing! Like God is holy, we are to be holy!
If we are wise in this world, we need to reevaluate our priorities, and become fools! We need a perspective that lasts beyond this world. As fellow heirs with Christ (see Romans 8), we do not have to settle for the things of this world, and we have a responsibility to God that we do not! This will change not only how we live our personal lives, but also how we interact with other believers.
God, I pray that You will help me to see beyond the things that yell for my attention in the day-to-day to work for the greater scope of eternity. And that Christians worldwide will work towards the unity that You long for us to enjoy. Amen.