Focus Scripture: Ephesians 4:14-16
Over the past few weeks I have had the privilege of watching my children interact. Some of the most fun was watching them do simple things together like do the dishes or play a game of monopoly. When my older daughters were talking to my youngest, I heard echoes of things my mother said to me like, "the dishes aren't done until the sink is clean." I must have said it too, although I don't remember when. My husband and I both remarked on how they do more dishes now, and do them better than ever before. Somehow, they grew up.
Often the lessons of growing up take hold when we break out of our childhood routines. As long as we remain in childlike patterns, we risk remaining childlike. I am sure their newly improved attention to dishes has as much to do with having to wash their own dishes when they don't live at home as it does the lessons they learned when they lived here.
Paul calls on the Ephesians to grow up as Christians, and call on us to do so too. Doing so requires that we break out of baby Christian patterns, and no longer be children in the faith. If we have always been students in class, maybe it is time to step up to a leadership role. If we supported ministry with prayers, maybe it is time to volunteer or donate to the ministry. If we break out of standard patters we are bound to learn something new and grow--and maybe even grow up.