The only way to mature in my faith, or grow up, is to do the will of my Father. Otherwise, I will remain a “baby” and be of use to no one.
Being mature, or being able to handle solid food, also means being able to distinguish or discern good from evil . That sounded simple to me at one time, but then I realize that practically everything in this world is built on deception. In fact, calling certain things evil – things clearly against God’s word, will get me labeled as evil – and even “cancelled”.
“Everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a baby. But solid food belongs to those who are mature, for those who through practice have powers of discernment that are trained to distinguish good from evil.”Hebrews 5:13-14
It’s one thing to be cancelled by people who are not followers of Jesus Christ, I would almost expect that, but it’s another thing to be cancelled by people who say they are. Why does this happen? Well, a lot of it comes from the fear of being cancelled. In other words, I noticed there many “Christians” who have bought into inclusively at the cost of their faith in the Word of of God. Here’s the truth, I don’t have to compromise my faith to be inclusive. In fact, truly understanding who I am in Christ and by doing His will, allows me to draw people to His goodness – which is what Jesus did.
I can discern good from evil. My assignment as a child of God is to stand firm against evil, not people. God gave man dominion over all the earth, not each other.
“God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves on the earth.””Genesis 1:28
Adam gave the authority he was given over to Lucifer when he disobeyed. Praise God, Jesus took that authority back through the finished work of the Cross.
“Then Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”Matthew 28:18
When I received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, that authority was given back to me. But I have it better than Adam because I have His Spirit – the same Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the grave, dwells in me. So, I am capable of doing what Jesus did. Jesus said;
“Truly, truly I say to you, he who believes in Me will do the works that I do also. And he will do greater works than these, because I am going to My Father.”John 14:12
As a disciple of Christ, I am charged to make disciples of Christ – the way He did it. What does that look like? I meet people where they are, love them, care for them, set them free from bondage, and only after I have done all those things, I share the good news of the Kingdom of God. Then discipling begins. Unfortunately, most church institutions work in the opposite manner. This causes people to feel like they have to “get their lives together” before entering the church. As I have mentioned in other post, Jesus’s church has nothing to do with a building or particular location. The Church is those who are called by His name doing what He did. Jesus didn’t create a religion or denomination – the world did that. Religious people seeking power and profit, just like the world, created an enterprise off the suffering of their fellow man.
I decided to grow up. I will speak the Truth, but more importantly I will do what the Truth demands of me – no matter the worldly cost because greater is He that is within me, than He that is in the world. (1 John 4:4). I’m fed up with seeing the suffering, the fear, and the loss. If I want to experience His Kingdom now, which is available to me, I have to do my part – with everything I have. No matter how great or how small, I will have to give an account of what I did with the gifts and abilities I’ve been given. I want to hear Jesus say, “…We’ll done, you good and faithful servant…”. (Matthew 25:21)