The Word — Godly adulthood
Published 9:00 am Sunday, June 5, 2022
Making choices is an everyday occurrence. We choose what we are going to wear, what we will eat, what we watch on TV or on social media. Right now, we are choosing to read the Gazette. Life is full of choices! Recently, I had the opportunity to talk with a group of young men about choices.
As we start out in life our parents or guardians make our choices, but as we develop, we begin to make choices. It is true that our bodies physically develop. Without a doubt we become an adult human being. We grow from birth to a child, to adolescents, to young adult, to adult and to a mature adult. However, it is our choice to become a man or a woman.
The Word says, “When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.” (I Corinthians 13:11)
Just as our bodies naturally mature so will Christ Followers mature as they yield themselves to the instruction and guide of the Holy Spirit. “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and remind you of all that I said to you.” (John 14:26) However, this is a choice. Just like adulthood– we choose to become responsible. We choose to make godly choices.
God desires that we choose him. He desires that as a Christ Follower we become responsible by following Him. When we grow- in God, we realize that His ways are better than our ways, His attributes are what we desire instead of the immature things that can hold us back or keep us from being successful as a true disciple of Christ.
Anyone can make a profession of faith, but to possess faith we must make godly choices. The word we just read, “…, He will teach you all things…” We start out as babes in Christ and as we mature, we begin to make godly choices. It is part of our development.
As Christ Followers may we ponder our life and take note of where we are. Are we being responsible? Are we submitting our lives to the Holy Spirit so that we may be all that God desires for us to be?
In speaking with the young group of men, “manhood is a choice.” Being a Christ Follower is a choice. There is never a natural solution to a Spiritual issue. May we as the body of Christ allow the Spirit to have His way within us.
Yvette Perrin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.