I want to continue the conversation from yesterday – that community builds maturity, that growing up and growing together…go together.
When our girls (twin daughters) weren’t quite two, they were sitting in a little cushioned chair reading a book together. Well, it wasn’t just any book. They were reading a little story book bible that was a favorite of ours. Adelaide had the book in her lap and was “reading” the stories to her sister, Pen. She’d just come to the page in the book that had a picture of three crosses, that centerpiece of the Gospel story, and Pen was huddled up close to her and following along. It was a beautiful little scene. Until…
Pen reached for the book.
Without hesitation, Adelaide snatched the book away and pushed her to the floor. Knocked her right out of the chair and onto the floor.
It still makes me laugh.
And it makes me think.
Christianity’s easy when you’ve got the chair to yourself.
But when you’ve got to make room for someone else, well, that takes a bit of maturity.
And it’s this making room for others that pops up again and again throughout so much of the New Testament. Consider this passage (one of many) from Philippians 2:1-5:
1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus…
Yesterday, we referenced the fruit of the Spirit as markers of Christian maturity – love, joy, peace, and the like. This time Paul describes maturity as unity, humility, unselfishness, consideration for others. Different words, same fruits. These are grown-up traits, and they find their expression in community, in the living of our lives with others.
Today, I want to invite you to make some room for others. Maybe, for much of your Christian walk, you’ve had the chair to yourself. This passage invites you into community – invites you to make room for someone else – and so to experience growth in your walk with Christ.
One opportunity at Cross Points to make room for others (and build maturity!) is to join a GROW Group. You can find a group here! It’s one of the reasons we value small groups and encourage everyone at Cross Points to be in a group. Because we know that stepping into community will build your maturity! If you haven’t already, take a moment and sign up for a group!