THOUGHTS ON THE LORD’S DAY
”Of what value are Christians who are spiritual giants, but emotional midgets?”
”For even the Son of Man, came not be served, but to serve and give His life in exchange for those still without hope.” Mark 10:44-45
Age is no guarantee of maturity. Some Christians never grow up, they just grow old. They are easily offended, dominate conversations, and struggle with making personal sacrifices.
Some know the Bible from cover to cover, flow in all the gifts and have the answer to every life challenge. However, without emotional maturity they are more of a liability than an asset to the Kingdom.
One of the greatest signs of your emotional maturity is revealed in how you respond to the weaknesses, inexperience and potentially offensive actions of others toward you and those you love.
When your sense of success, significance and satisfaction are derived from comparing yourself to others, you reveal your immaturity and no longer the master of your own happiness.
When emotionally mature people feel good about something that they have done, they do not let anyone’s opinions or similar accomplishments take away that sense of fulfillment.
While it is difficult to turn off your reactions to what others think of you, do not fall in the trap of comparing yourself to others. Take the opinions of others with a grain of salt.
Your personal value is determined by your creator, not by you or anyone else. Your value to others begins with a high regard for the value God invested in you. If you do not see the value God put in you, why would anyone else see it?
Humility is seeing God’s value in yourself and using it to bless others. Arrogance is seeing the same value and using it to inflate your own worth, advance your own agenda and crusade for your personal cause.
You are a prototype, there is no one else in this world like you. No one else in the world has your fingerprint, your eye print or your voice print! How do you honestly find a comparable to a prototype? Be the best that you can be, there is only one of you! However, don’t do it to promote yourself, but to elevate others.
Spiritual maturity is your willingness to give up your personal rights in order to serve others. Emotional maturity is doing it in such a way that makes the recipients feel good about themselves.