We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, Ephesians 4:14-15
As a dad, one my favorite things to do is pick on my kids. I think it is in some Mattingly family contract somewhere. “Thou shalt picketh on thy children every day.” I find immense satisfaction in pulling a prank or joke on my son or daughter. They are just so gullible. Sadly, I have pulled so many jokes on them through the years that they question the truthfulness of many things I say. Alas, they are growing up and becoming wiser.
Paul makes it very clear that we, as followers of Jesus, must grow up in faith as well. Young Christ followers are easily tossed to and fro, distracted, manipulated and taken advantage of. But each day presents a new opportunity to take another step toward maturity in our Christ-likeness. This is what spiritual growth is all about… becoming more like Jesus. Throughout history, Christians have used different spiritual practices as catalysts for growth and anchors for faithfulness.
Over the past several weeks, I have challenged you to identify a spiritual practice for Lent. Many of you have done this, which is great, but perhaps you are struggling to find a practice that is right for you. Some practices work for one person, but not for another. For that reason, I attached below a simple Spiritual Pathways Assessment. It only takes about 10 minutes to complete and will help you identify your “pathways,” how you naturally connect with God. If you have any questions, please contact the church office.
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