“ARE THERE ANY ADULTS IN THE ROOM?”
“When I grew up, I had finished with childish things” I Corinthians 13:11 (NEB)
As I write this, our country is well into a partial government shut-down. Hence, the quote above.
I ran across a new term. The Washington Post reported that Millennials (persons born between the years l981-1996) have coined a new word. The word is “adulting” which describes “mundane acts of grown-up self-sufficiency,” At any rate; it is really not a new term.
During the ministry of Jesus on earth He occasionally had to call out those closest to Him for acting out of spiritual immaturity. Examples: Blocking children from having access to Him (Matthew 19:13); arguing about positions of power in His cabinet (Mark 10:35-38); quarreling among themselves as to whom was the greatest in the Kingdom; (Luke 22:24); wanting to call down fire from heaven upon those who were outside their group (Luke 9:51-55); greed (Mark 14:10, 11) and envy (Mark 10:41).
There is a difference between childlikeness and childishness. The former is innocent. The latter is intentional. Symptoms of immaturity include bitterness, self-centeredness and selfishness. Marks of maturity include unconditional love, humility and compassion.
In 2 Peter 3:18 we read, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…” There is no question about the path Jesus wants us to be on. The only issue is whether or not we choose to be on His path… to be the adult in the room.
Dear Lord, I choose your way always. Amen.