Children like pretend.
Clowns, unicorns, and fairy princesses, they’re all part of the game. We have the tooth fairy, Paul Bunyan, and our seasonal holiday gift-givers, lovely all.
Eventually we must begin to admit that the abominable snowman isn’t real, and teenage mutant turtles don’t really fight crime.
It is time for us to grow up.
Spiritually, we must do the same. We must switch gears from our spiritual childhood and step into spiritual maturity.
Colossians 3:8 reveals the steps we must take to mature in Christ:
“But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.”
We must learn to filter our mouth and our behavior. Concern, politeness, and good manners must become standard in our Christian walk.
We can’t just say it. We must live it. It’s part of growing up. If we still get angry, we’re a spiritual toddler.
Wrath tells the world we’re barely beyond our nappies. Malice and slander are our short pants, and obscene talk comes from a potty mouth.
Jesus needs us to become grown-ups for him. We need to show spiritual maturity to the world, so that we can reflect the perfection of our Lord unto them.
We can’t pretend to be Christians. We must truly live like Christ.
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