Growing up

You know that song that’s been out for a while;

“I wanna go back to Jesus loves me, Jesus loves me, for the Bible tells me so….” by David Dunn?

Well, I’ve been telling the Lord that too lately. How I want to go back to how it was when I was with Him in the beginning.

Although my plight was sincere, and I had  been pondering on what the beginning of my walk was like with Him,

especially after Jesus warned  of us falling away from our first love, (Rev 2:4)

He stopped me in my tracks this morning when He finally answered.

“What you want is the time when you had less responsibility.”

I couldn’t argue. He knows my heart and that totally bears witness with me.

Adulthood is harder. Physically and spiritually.

For one, if you have kids into adulthood the responsibilities double. You’re not just in this for yourself anymore.

But you know what, as a believer, we aren’t just responsible for ourselves anymore either. We are called to lay down our lives for our friends.

Mature believers are supposed to make spiritual babies.

And then, help raise them.

Of course, “cleaning them” is God’s job.

Nothing will profit without the Spirit of God, but we are all “cleaned” through the Word.

Our responsibility is to share the Word.

Indeed God loves me the same as He did then, but I believe He is encouraging me, that just like people yearn to go back to the easier days of adolescence, we often think the same way about our spiritual growth.

There seems to be an epidemic these days where children fail to launch into adulthood.

Again, both physically and spiritually.

Trust me, I’m preaching to myself first.

This is a girl who quit a job because  I didn’t like the shoes I had to wear.

They totally clashed with my style.

Not to mention,

who’s idea was it for restaurants to make a Kids eat Free day?

Especially on Sunday.

I think they were bringing church buses full!

Dont tell me those were all “their” kids.

Yeah, I’ve had to come a long way in the responsibility department.

But I can tell you, God’s Grace is sufficient.

What He’s asking to withdraw, He will never not have first made a deposit.

The problem today is that We want the much given, but lack the want of much expected.

We are those who want Authority but not much responsibility.

However, Jesus challenges His disciples by telling them;

But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. Luke 12:48

Stripes? Yikes!

But God is serious about us doing what He has given us the responsibility of doing.

I remember hearing Joyce Meyer talk about how she asked God Why it seemed that she was the only person who ever seemed to be getting corrected. “What about Dave?”

But then God responded by telling her that she was the one asking for so much.

I can relate.

So, yes, I want to keep a childlike faith and my first love ablaze for Jesus, but I also want to call it for what it is when I need to be responsible.

Especially with the amount of blessings and Truth God has placed in my hands.

When we feel overwhelmed by our responsibilities,

just know this,

We are overwhelmed by God.

His Grace is more than sufficient.

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