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Time to Grow Up

January 13, 2014

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. (1 Corinthians 13:11)

Some people reach a certain age, but still want to act like a child. The Bible is very specific about childlike behaviors. “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things”.  Through the various stages of growth, babies, toddlers, adolescent, young adulthood; we should learn to move to the next stage.   A baby is allowed to crawl around on the floor and throw temper tantrums but as one becomes older, this same behavior at age 25 becomes utterly undesirable.  As a child, you are cared for by others BUT as an adult, husband, wife or parent you have the responsibility of caring for others.  A man does not take a wife, have children and bring them home to his mother.

According to Georgia Department of Labor statistics; the unemployment rate currently stands at 7.7, almost the equivalent to the US rate of 7.0.    It is unfortunate that we live in such difficult times.  We serve a God of provision and a God that makes a way.  “I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert”.  God continues to make a way in the wilderness of unemployment. It’s important that those of us God has snatch from the unemployment line realize the value of stable employment.  We behave in a way that honors the God that placed us in that position.  We can’t just show up at job when we feel like it, behaving any way we feel like behaving, doing anything we feel like doing.  You have been entrusted with the blessing of employment.  A child walks away from a job without thinking, whereas, a man thinks before walking away. I myself, have did both. If God pulls us out of a “valley of unemployment” every time we walked away, we would never learn responsibilities and the value of a job in this high rate of unemployment. “To whom much is given, much is required”.

If we fail to train our children, we are placing them on crutches. They will always depend and rely on someone to pull them out and carry them. Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6) We have to train a child to stand up, fight against injustice and stand on their own two feet.

Too many leaders have become hirelings instead of shepherds. We don’t want to “rock the boat”. We now have (2 men or 2 women) believing their union in marriage is holy, rather than telling them “what thus saith the Lord”.

 

In the old days, a male pastors or ministers was recognized by his attire. In the new generation, male leaders are wearing earrings. What ever happened to “old things passing away; behold, all things become new”? “Pull off the old man and his deeds”. We can’t lead the lost to Christ if we have not been “transformed by the renewing of our own minds”.  Many leaders are still holding on to earthly desires, by straddling the fence. Jesus is saying “I wish you were either hot or cold”. Leaders can’t lead others to Christ if we are still holding on to the world. We can’t expect a great harvest unless our leaders are willing to break new ground, plant, sow seeds, water, go after the lost sheep and recruit workers. When a sheep have left the fold, do we go after it, inquire of their reason or safety; or just assume they have been devoured?

 

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  1. Jalen Curtis permalink

    So inspirational!!

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