This post is one of the entries from Jody’s upcoming book, “Come Follow Me,” a year-long devotional based on her popular video podcast of the same name, to be released in the fall of 2016 by Two Worlds Press.
“And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace,who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.” ~ I Peter 5:10
Advancing through different stages of maturity is an ongoing theme in the scriptures. The aged Apostle John, toward the end of his life and ministry, spoke to three distinct categories of believers: little children, young men, and fathers.(I John 2:12-14) Little children need to know, and grow in the love of the Father. Their focus needs to rest on all that was accomplished for them at salvation. Young men, in need of endurance, must focus on overcoming the evil one; growing in all aspects unto Him, by the power of the Word of God abiding in them. For fathers—it’s about knowing and being known by God. Intimacy is the result of living and walking from the life of the Indwelling Spirit.
God’s intention is to grow us through each of these stages as ‘sons’. When He invites us into relationship, He desires to train us as ‘sons’. He is also a God of the process, and takes up residence within—bearing His fruit through us.
Question: Do you see evidence of these three stages of believers around you? Why is having all three around a sign of a spiritually healthy church?