Spirit Life Walk

The Path Toward Greater Maturity

May 11, 2022 Sarah Bachtold Season 2 Episode 17
Spirit Life Walk
The Path Toward Greater Maturity
Show Notes

"Wax on, Wax off." Do you remember that statement? Well, its something I remember as a kid growing up with the TV and movies of the 1980s. That was a statement that Pat Morita's character Miyagi, a karate master, said to his unlikely karate pupil Daniel, played by Ralph Macchio in the 1984 production The Karate Kid. Daniel wanted to learn karate, and Miyagi taught him but started him out with waxing his classic car, a  1948 Ford Super De Luxe. In fact, Daniel was given a lot of household duties by Miyagi and grumbled through a lot of them. We can be a lot like Daniel sometimes. We want to hurry to be a superhero of faith, but we don't want the simple exercises or positions that God is giving us now, whereby the faith muscles are grown. Faith muscles are grown by day to day application of His Word in action. A choice to commit our trust fully to Him without question, like Joseph had to trust God when moving his family from Bethlehem to, of all places, Egypt. Maturity comes through a series of continuing levels of commitment to the Lord and to His Way. His Way of doing things, saying things, thinking things and service to His Body. Remember, Jesus said what He considers to be the most important thing we can focus on in Matthew 22: 34-40: "But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying,  “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” What is it that everything, all the Law and what the Prophets said, what does it hang on? Loving the Lord in the Way He tells us is love--obedience to His commands, and loving our neighbor as ourself--which is a dying to self. This cannot be achieved overnight, just like Daniel wasn't a karate guy overnight. He had to submit to Miyagi and trust him, and do what he was told, and he got rewards for his obedience and trouble when he messed up. But the point is, plug yourself in somewhere in your church where you can start to learn the basics, not just a class to attend, but an area to serve in. Don't seek to lead in an area that you have no foundation in. Serve serve serve. 1 Peter 5 offers some additional reading on humbling ourselves. But remember, God does have a purpose and a plan for your life! And you may be in the middle of it right now! So embrace where you're at and do everything as unto the Lord, as He is our true Master and Commander and we answer to Him ultimately in ALL that we do and say. Let's embrace the character of the Lord Jesus today and allow Him to help us come into a greater level of Maturity IN Christ! God Bless!!

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