Growing Up

When my boys were young, they had an excellent video called Grow Up Today.  It featured two young siblings who woke up one morning before their parents and went through all the things they imagined being a grown up entailed – making coffee, going to the supermarket etc.  Their version of adult life was fun – but they soon discovered the complexities and difficulties, and decided in the end that it was better to be children and leave the growing up for another day.

I’m very excited to find it available on youtube (even if it doesn’t quite sound the same today!) – they will be too!

Today’s lectionary reading feature two tales of boys growing up.  The features Samuel, a much longed for child, dedicated to the Lord and living with the Priest Eli in the Temple.  The second features Jesus.  Just two days after celebrating his birth, we are transported to twelve years after his birth, when he is taken by his parents to The Passover Festival in Jerusalem.  Jesus gets lost, and after a frantic search by his parents, he is found in the Temple, sitting among the religious leaders asking questions.  He can’t understand what all the fuss is about – where else would he have been?!

Both of these accounts end with the same words.  It appears that both Samuel and Jesus, “Grew and gained favour with the Lord and the people”.

Now that is growing up.  Not just getting taller, ageing and being allowed to things children can’t; but growing in wisdom, being respected by your peers, and growing in favour with God.  That is what it is all about.  No mention of what they’d acquired or what good positions they’d secured – what mattered was doing things God’s way.

This leads us to the third reading.

Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tender hearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.  Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.                          Colossians 3:12-17

That’s how to be grown up.  That is how to grow in favour with God and with men.  To let the message of Jesus, baby born in a manger, child growing in strength and the ways of God, man living and dying to show us God’s love, to let him fill our lives and our hearts.  That the way we live may point to him.

How are you growing up?

~ by pamjw on December 26, 2009.

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