Maturity Means Growing Up

“Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.  He makes the whole body fit together perfectly.  As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.”—Ephesians 4:15-16

I asked my eight-year-old granddaughter, “Don’t you still like the Lego building sets we bought for you?”

She said, “Grandpa, I changed!”

Initially, I was sad that she outgrew Lego, but then it dawned on me.  Our little grandchild has grown up and changed.  She is now a budding artist interested in a whole new creative canvas of colors.  I love how she’s moved on to the next level of maturity in her life.

What does our spiritual transformation look like today?  How have we matured in Christ over the years?  In terms of our growth, where do we still need to be built up into him?

The apostle Paul used the human body to illustrate the importance of our growth into Christ who is the head.  The church is not a physical building built with concrete and wood, but a spiritual building built with love and truth.  The church is not a human made organization, but a God-breathed living organism.  The church is not a monument that can be burned down and destroyed, but a movement that is constantly growing and transforming toward its maturity in Christ.

This church construction is still in progress until we will be mature and united in the Lord.  The goal of every believer is to become a fully-grown and genuine human being.  Together, we are to look just like Jesus who is perfect in every way.