By Rev. Philip Craig
Greater Springfield Community Church
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:11
In order to be serious about success, you first must be serious about your decision making. It is our decision making process that gives others a perception of what type of person we are. When people constantly make bad decisions and find themselves in bad predicaments, it can be sensed by those around them.
A person’s decision process usually reflects their maturity level. This scripture speaks directly to an individual’s decision making ability. It is common sense that you would identify a person’s age with their ability to make decisions. There’s a certain expected level of maturity. For example, you would expect a toddler to disregard their well-being. You’d expect them to proceed through their young lives without the same discretion as, say, a teenager would. Same goes for the decision making ability of a teenager compared to an adult. For example, when I was a teenager I did some things that I look back now and say, “What in the world was I thinking?” This is because our psychological process has evolved and matured accordingly. As we continue to grow chronologically, we are expected to also grow mentally.
This is not always the case. While it’s expected, one must be willing to grow. Talking about moving to the next level is just talk unless you can consciously adapt to the next level of thinking.
There are four areas of your life that are necessary to be nurtured from season to season. Financial, physical, mental and spiritual areas of your life are your basic foundations on which everything else gets built upon. There is a time when you need to make a decision in life where you’ve made up your mind to start a new chapter. Your old chapter needs to be put to bed by putting some old things away, be it an old relationship, old job or old habits. As hard as it may seem at the time, this is a healthy part of life that we must all recognize and act upon when the time comes.
You cannot think small and expect big things to happen in your life. God has ordained you to live life in abundance. The scripture is saying if you want to see bigger things happen in your life, then you need to let go of the smaller things. When I was a child, I did childish things and I thought like a child. When we think like a child, we think small and our vision is limited. But when we mature, we get rid of the unnecessary. It is the time when we recognize that play time is over.
This is the crucial time when you need to focus on your future. To go out and get what God has for you. Your healing is right around the corner, your breakthrough is on reserve. But first, do your part in getting serious about whatever aspect of your life needs to be attended to.
Maturity in Christ brings miracles in your life. Your life is destined for greatness, you have not seen the best. The more you grow in Christ, the more you witness the blessings of the Lord and all His goodness. Put away the small things that may be holding you back and supersize your blessing by opening your heart and deciding to absorb the wisdom, knowledge and love of God. Don’t play with God’s blessings. Instead, get serious over the calling He has on your life.
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