We live in a time when the general society is filled with debates and opinions. Oftentimes, however, these debates are more emotional than factual. The secular society is motivated by a desire to control the masses through manipulation and emotional appeals. I find it interesting that in a time when education and knowledge has increased exponentially, people are more motivated by emotions and desires rather than wisdom. This has happened because true liberty, even the liberty to make informed choices, is a gift from God. I believe that the Church will take a place of leadership in this time to rally a call of wisdom, rather than one of simplicity.
How Do You Grow Beyond Simplicity?
When I entered the ministry over 36 years ago, I was motivated by the desire to see people go on to maturity. As a church, we emphasized the scriptures in Hebrews 6:1, “…let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation…” The word “perfect” in this context describes completeness, maturity, or fruitfulness. Perfection scares people because it seems impossible, or improbable, and even believers think the idea of maturity is more a pipe dream than reality. So, is it possible that the Church can go on to a place of maturity? I hold on to this concept because I have confidence in Jesus Christ, Who declared, “I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” (See Matthew 16:18). I also believe that God will have a people who will respond to His voice in this day. This is a season when God is calling us to go on to maturity so we can live as His standard!
Time to Live the Standard!
In Romans 1:22, the apostle Paul declares that the world, “professing to be wise,” will become darkened in their knowledge and become fools. What will cause this? They will decide to live without God in their own knowledge, leaving them to be guided by instinct instead of by His voice. The world teaches that we are animals, and in the end, this belief will lend itself to animal behavior. Animals live by instinct. This means that they fulfill natural cravings and are motivated by base emotions. The emotional side of this is referred to as the fear, fight, or flight response. Animals can seemingly have sophisticated plans for the fulfillment of their cravings, like a pride of lions working in a concerted effort to hunt; however, once the hunt is successful, instinct overwhelms them and they start fighting over their cravings again. As the world takes their slide into uncontrolled excess, we the Church must be the standard by which God can abate the flood. We cannot love simplicity. We must strive for maturity and wisdom so that we can fulfill the expectation of Jesus Christ, who gave His life for us to be what He has called us to!