…in your thinking be mature. (1 Corinthians 14:20)
Worship leader and scholar Chip Stam once said, “A mature Christian is easily edified.” This means that people who are advancing in Christian maturity will probably find it much easier to enjoy church than people who are not.
Immature Christians tend to want gathered worship to scratch their particular itch. They often assume that things like music, preaching, and kids ministry ought to adhere to their expectations and preferences; and when they don’t, church is hard to enjoy.
On the other hand, mature Christians are just happy to be at church. They relish singing songs that exalt the person and work of Jesus. They receive the sermon with a glad and humble heart because it spans the whole counsel of God’s Word. They are grateful for a kid’s ministry that equips their children to know and follow Christ. Such people are simply passionate about Jesus because they spend their lives actively pursuing maturity in Him.
And, really, that’s the key to enjoying church: the active pursuit of maturity in Christ.
This means that the way we conduct our lives on a daily basis has everything to do with how we come to church. If we are pursuing maturity and growth in Christ Monday through Saturday, Sunday will likely be for us a source of edification, encouragement, and enjoyment. If we’re prioritizing other things in life over Christian maturity, well, church will probably be disappointing and unfulfilling; it will never provide the things we think we need.
So as Sunday approaches, let’s ask ourselves: Is there something I need to be doing to more faithfully pursue Christian maturity? What lesser pursuits am I allowing to take precedent in my life? Take a moment between now and Sunday to take this before God. Pray that He would continue His work in you and in our church “until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Eph. 4:13). That’s a prayer that our heavenly Father delights to answer. After all, He wants us to be mature, easily edified followers of Jesus who enjoy worshiping together in His presence each week.
How will you pursue maturity in Christ today?
Set List for Sunday, May 06, 2018:
This Is Amazing Grace (J. Farro, J. Riddle, P. Wickham)
The Lion And The Lamb (B. Brown, B. Johnson, L. Mooring)
I Stand Amazed (How Marvelous) by Passion (C. H. Gabriel, C. Tomlin)
God So Loved (M. Crocker, M. Sampson)
Singing in The Victory (M. Dawes, B. Land, A. Ivey, J. McCreary, L. Walter, D. Schmidt)
You can also listen to a playlist of LifePoint’s current song rotation on Spotify.