When I turned 21, I believed that I should have all my major issues sorted out and be properly mature by the time I was 25 years old. When I turned 25 I revised that target to be when I was 30. I’m currently hoping that I’ll be there by the time I hit 40, so we’ll see how that goes!
This week at St. Mark’s we are continuing our ‘Being the Church’ series, and come to Ephesians 4:1-16; where Paul tells us that Jesus designed the church to be a place where we guide each other to maturity by exercising the gifts that God gives us – ‘until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ’ (v13). Growing up is hard and we don’t get there overnight, but gradually we can learn what it means to live as mature people and followers of Jesus. But we do need each other, and so today our challenge is to consider what we have to offer others in the church (particularly those who are younger than us) to help them in this journey.