Many churches keep the same programs going year after year, never actually evaluating how they are doing. If the programs don’t require too much maintenance, don’t cost too much money and are reasonably well-attended, the programs are checked off as “successful.” OK, so what is success anyway? What does it mean for a church to be successful? Today, let’s listen to three verses taken from a letter that Paul wrote to the Christians in Colossae:
God wanted to make known to those among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. We proclaim Him, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ. I labor for this, striving with His strength that works powerfully in me. (Colossians 1:27-29)
In these verses, Paul tells us that he uses the gifts God has given him and expends all of his effort on achieving two goals. First, he wants to reveal a “mystery” to the Gentiles. That mystery is that Christ can be in our lives and that He Himself is our hope. Second, Paul says that he does everything he can to help the people he teaches become “mature in Christ.” But what does it mean to be mature in Christ? While Christians never outgrow their need for God, they should also be helping others grow. How about you? Are you becoming mature in Christ? If you’ve been following Jesus, you probably recognize that God has given you certain talents and abilities. Are you offering God the overflow of your talents and abilities to help others grow? Ask God today to show you how and where you can serve Him by serving others. And, then take time to listen for what He tells you to do.
God wants both you and me to become ever more mature in Christ. And He wants to use us and to strengthen us to help others grow into maturity, as well. And that's such very Good News!