“[Christ] is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.” –Colossians 1:28
According to dog experts, a dog’s adolescence can last until a dog is twelve months, eighteen months, or even up to three years old. Large breeds, such as Rottweilers,* enter and end their adolescence later than smaller dogs. It seemed like Lexi, at least, took a long time to mature. She was two and a half when I really noticed that she was steadier, more focused, and less excitable than she used to be. Sometimes it takes Christians a long time to mature, too. Paul describes the Christians at Corinth as “mere infants in Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:1). But it was Paul’s hope that every believer would become “fully mature in Christ.” When we’re willing to acknowledge the truth of Christ, to admit our failings, and to learn from the wise (including our own wisdom gained by experience), then we’re taking a step in the right direction. Eventually we’ll become steadfast and focused solely on God.
Dear God, Help me to become fully mature in Christ. Amen
*Lexi is half Rottweiler.