"Don’t just stand there." I love the name of this new series.  It makes me want to move, charge forward, do something.  I have always been interested in the juxtaposition of movement and stillness.  It seems many times that quietness precedes movement and stillness precedes action.  Jesus often found a quiet place to pray and commune with His father before moving forward in ministry.  It’s in “being still and knowing God” that we are rooted for movement.  It’s in truly knowing Him, His character, His love for us, His grace towards us, having our identity defined by him, that we can move into maturity.
For the believer maturity is growing up into Christ, being changed, ever so slowly it seems, into the image of Christ.  Becoming Christlike is the will of God for us.  Given our personalities, gifting, and calling it will look different on all of us.  God is creating a beautiful mosaic in his body as he draws all of us into the image of Christ.
Practically how does that play out in our life?  Cloud and Townsend in their wonderful book How People Grow suggest that two kinds of relationships are needed for people to grow, the divine and the human.  The divine interaction comes from spending time with God and his word; there is no substitute for this.  In 1 Corinthians 13 we learn what love really is; in 2 Corinthians 12 we learn that Christ is made strong in our weakness; Philippians 2 teaches us to have the same self-emptying self-denying attitude that Christ had; the entirety of God’s word teaches us who He is, who we are, and what loving God and loving others looks like.  In The Divine Mentor  Wayne Cordero suggests that we allow ourselves to be mentored by the likes of Joseph, Daniel, Abigail, Isaac, Mary, Jacob, Ruth, Joshua, Esther, Josiah… the wisest people in history are waiting for us to learn from them. Their insights and perspectives on life will rub off on us.
It’s in human interaction when we rub up against real people that the divine is refined, developed, and expressed.  In a safe environment with other believers, ideally lifegroups, we can reveal ourselves and be fully known, loved, supported, held accountable, and encouraged towards maturity.  Nobody drifts into maturity. The choices we make everyday either lead us towards growth or stagnation. Spending time with God, learning from biblical mentors, being authentic with other believers, not being distracted, are all choices we make that will move us along towards growth.
Author and seminary professor Steve Brown says the only people who get any better, i.e. grow, are the ones who know if they don’t get any better God will love them anyway.  When we build on the foundation of God’s boundless love we have the absolute freedom to pursue with abandon the walk, growth, and next steps that God has planned for us.
If you feel stuck, if it seems spiritual immobility and stagnation have set in, I have two suggestions for all of us: first put on Toby Mac’s "Move" and play it loud. Then sit and quietly and ask God what your next step is. If we ask He will show us.

by Fred Meserall
Fred and his wife Susan began attending Kingsway in June of 2014. They found Kingsway to be a place of refreshment and healing after their previous church experience. Fred is passionate about pursuing God, family, and lifegroups (including his current group which has been meeting continuously for 16 years). Fred and Susan absolutely love the fact that they, their two daughters and their husbands, and grandchildren all attend church together. Fred is a non-recovering “aquaholic” who enjoys spending as much time as possible at the beach, communing with God, working on his videoblog (aptly titled “Still at the Beach”), and all things surf and family.




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