Ephesians 4:15 – . . . may grow up into Him . . . the Head . . .
Think for a moment. What are the basic achievements of the young adult? Basic education is at or near its end. Marriage may have occurred, perhaps even parenthood. Responsibilities have dramatically escalated, as well as one’s level of independence. Expectations for the young adult’s life have likewise risen to new levels. The same is true for the young adult Christian. I am NOT talking about a young adult who is a Christian, but a Christian who has grown to young adulthood in Christ.
In Hebrews 5:14, we read that “strong meat belongs to those who are of full age, who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern between good and evil.” There is so much to see in that verse that speaks to this writing. Let’s look at the key words.
- “strong meat” – this is not for baby Christians, or for children, juvenile Christians, or even young adult Christians
- “belongs” – if something belongs to you, it is your rightful possession
- “who are of full age” – this speaks to a level of spiritual maturity that indicates high levels of growth
- “who by reason of use” – this is not a place one comes to on occasion, but regularly
- “have their senses exercised” – imagine living a life in which one is required to be led by the Spirit, but being so fully developed and matured in the things of God that even the physical senses discern between good and evil
In the natural world, being a young adult can be an exciting time. You can freely make independent decisions, even on major issues. You are probably as physically strong, agile, and fast as you will ever be. Your brain is highly functional, quickly trained, and still gaining massive knowledge. You have your own credit score, to build up or destroy. That last statement may seem out of place, but it is not. Think about it. As a young adult Christian, you face major life decisions. The young adult Christian can serve the body of Christ with great energy while carrying out his daily life responsibilities. And I did mention a “credit score.” By the time one has grown spiritually to become a young adult Christian, one has begun to earn the trust of those around him. He has had the opportunity to demonstrate faithfulness and obedience to the Word of God. in the realm of the spirit, that is what one can call “developing a credit score.” Young adult Christianity is one’s greatest opportunity to earn trust and respect, build proven character, and fight the good fight of faith with the fervor and zeal of a young warrior. Are you ready?
Manna for Today – Matthew 18:19-20; Deuteronomy 32:30; 1 Corinthians 1:10; 1 Corinthians 12:21; Romans 14:7; Isaiah 55:11