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Put In My Time

DSCF7355 “Spiritual maturity is not reached by the passing of the years, but by obedience.”
                    --Oswald Chambers

As I look in the mirror I see that the little bit of hair that I have left on my head is turning gray.  I would like to think that these signs of silver are a harbinger of wisdom in my life, but I know myself too well to know that sadly, this is not the case.  I am a bit disappointed, because I thought for sure that by the time that I reached the age that I am, I would have it all together—but I don’t.

I have been a follower of Jesus Christ for nearly 29 years.  That almost sounds impressive.   As they say, “I put in my time.”  Surely, all those years have served to mold me into a wise, gray haired man of spiritual maturity—nope.  That is not the way things work in the Kingdom of God.  In the Korean culture age yields respect; in the American culture it yields Social Security, but in the Kingdom of God age yields…wrinkles?

God is unimpressed with age; He knows that He is the only source of real security and He doesn’t notice wrinkles.  God is interested in one thing—our hearts.  Our hearts are timeless.  Humans are created in the image of God and are eternal beings.  Chronology has no effect on the human heart.

In the Kingdom of God the heart of a Christ follower is to have a “childlike” quality about it.    The maturing heart of a Christian is realized not by years of experience but rather by acts of obedience—childlike obedience.  When I think of childlike obedience the following descriptors come to mind:  joyful, unreserved, risking, trusting, hopeful, selfless, unquestioning, faithful, committed and absolute.  Some of those descriptors sound…scary.

Jesus says, “If you love me you will obey me.”  John 14:21

Can’t I just put in my time?

©2009 Ryan M. Roberts


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