CHRISTLIKE MATURITY

Luke 2:41-52

… til we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:13

People’s perspectives on Jesus seem to shift with the seasons. During Christmas, Jesus is seen as a tiny infant, nestled in blankets and housed in a barn. At Resurrection Day, Jesus is seen as beaten and broken, or as the shimmering victor over death. The perspective that is traditionally excluded, however, is one very important segment of His life: His youth.

Luke 2:41-52, the only biblical account of the adolescent Jesus, reveals something surprising, in that He was increasing in wisdom. This shows that Jesus—who was fully God—was experiencing growth! Prayer, Scripture study, and the use of His gifts were bringing about maturation in the Son of Man. Jesus was sinless and perfect, yet He still experienced maturity. How much greater is the need for that growth in sinful man!

Ephesians 4:13 calls all believers toward Christlike maturity, unified as one body through faith in Jesus. Are you experiencing that growth? Are you utilizing your spiritual gifts in such a way as to strengthen the body of Christ and to increase your personal development? Pray for God’s help as He directs you into the fullness of the Christian life.

Lord, let me use my spiritual gifts to strengthen others around me. Draw me into a deeper relationship with You so I can increase in wisdom and knowledge.

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