Saturday, October 13, 2007

Maturity. What do you Expect?

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
PSALM 111:10

I, like everyone, face choices in maturity every day. From the time I get up in the morning, to the time I go to bed, I have to choose how I am going to live my life. Some choices are clearer, I don't get up soon enough on a weekday and I lose my job. Some aren't, I speed on the highway so I can get to work faster, and nobody knows it. And some don't seem to matter, should I have the turkey or the chicken on my sub sandwich?

So what can help in these decisions? Maturity. That sounds good, but what is it? Well, I thought about using the word responsibility, although that doesn't quite cover it for me. Maturity is responsible, and more. Maturity is also thoughtful; it is bold in the most quiet of ways. I have known several people that were responsible, but not really mature. They did what they had to, what was expected of them. Truly mature persons, however, do what isn't expected of them.

Maturity is hard to do, no, impossible to do for the right reasons without a strong, stable relationship with God. Maturity is for glorifying God. Maturity doesn't change decisions much when it comes to clearer and petty choices, but in the areas that aren't so clear, one's maturity is put to the test.

I see people, even good Christian people, that will sit at a red stoplight and rev their car’s engine, and as soon as the light turns green, the pedal is on the floor. Is this wrong? It depends on the circumstances, but generally, no. Why do they do it? They usually say, “Because it’s fun. Can’t I have a little fun now and then?” Sure. But is that the real reason? Maybe, but I know for me, it is usually because I want to impress someone, or because other people are doing it.

In the situation above, maturity comes in very handy. The immature person happily participates in such an activity regularly, if only to feed their fleshly desires. A mature person would practice God glorifying restraint, and thereby respect other drivers, their car, and the Government’s regulations concerning proper behavior in traffic.

So, from this, I reckon maturity is evidence of salvation, necessary for, yet stemming from, a healthy relationship with God. God is the beginning of wisdom, and wisdom is praise and glory to Him.


selahV said...

Zac, the road to maturity is filled with contruction lanes, detours and yielding signs. And it is a blessing to see you recognize these as a way to travel in life. The only Map you need is Christ and His words are so needful in reaching our destinations safely. May God bless you today with discernment and clear vision. selahV

Bryce said...

Thanks for posting!

Jake A. Smith said...

Good post, man. I like the way you differentiate between maturity and responsibility. It's almost a subtle difference that many seem to miss.