How old are you? Do you consider yourself “grown-up”? Now the term grown-up is pretty vague, but I think we can all agree that when someone says they are completely grown-up or that they have reached adulthood they could mean they live on their own, have a self-sustaining job, and are capable of making decisions and dealing with the consequences that follow.
It is a paradox really. There is not a defining moment when you reach true adulthood because it is incredibly vague, however there are plenty of factors that could be named when listing qualities of a mature person. It truly is a journey, and everyone travels at their own pace.
So my purpose is to focus on just one of the factors of being mature that I briefly listed; and that is the way that we make decisions. This is how I apply it practically. When temptation comes my way and tries to seize me I always have a choice to make. Yes I said it, a choice. I can succumb to temptation or put it in God’s hands and He will help me defeat it.
But the point I want to drive home is this: More often than not, when the opportunity to sin comes my way I know what is right and what is wrong, so me choosing to deliberately oppose what I know is right is not only a characteristic of immaturity, but it is also blatant sin.
One reason why it is so extremely important to stay in God’s word is so you can be knowledgeable about Him and His ways. So you can identify sin when it presents itself to you. And stay in tune with the Holy Spirit, because He will guide you when you are uncertain.
If you are not convinced that what I am saying is true then I would suggest you take a look at what James 4:17 has to say:
“Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.”
Soli Deo gloria
-Come back next week for the post titled “Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich”