“until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.” Ephesians 4:13-14 (ESV)
I have children. And I’ve watched them grow from tiny, helpless babes, through infancy as they discover the world, into teenagers.
They “mature” as their knowledge and understanding grows. Taking on more responsibility. Whether at school, getting a job, or at church.
It’s a progression.
From milk, to solids, to more unusual and sophisticated foods and flavours.
It takes time. It can’t be rushed. But eventually it happens. And it needs to happen.
Sadly, with this growth comes a better understanding of how the world and human nature operates.
Sure, there are often great acts of courage and generosity displayed by many.
Yet more common is the desire to have more and more and more. And this comes at the cost to others.
Corruption is rife. Greed is prevalent. Governments often spend more time debasing their opposition than actually performing their elected role.
Marketers bend and manipulate the truth to get their share of your wallet. Probably selling a product or service you don’t even need anyway.
Yet it’s nothing new. Deceitfulness has been around since Adam and Eve.
What we need to do is recognise it and guard against it. Praying that we remain firm. Trusting in an almighty God who thankfully does not change.
prayer : that I would remain faithful in a world hell-bent on swaying my opinion
action : listen to at least one John Piper sermon every week