Our response to Jesus Christ proves our spiritual barrenness or fecundity. Whether we’re wayside, hardpan, thorny or black loam soil. People often say, “I can never be as dedicated to God as so and so.” The Holy Spirit challenges us, “Yes, you can be, and yes, you better be.”
Where, then, will we stop maturing as a disciple? At age 12, or 30; age 50 or 80? Or earlier than 12 or later than 80? At what age do we think we can’t continue developing as a Christian?
Think of it like this: if everyone in our family or church replicated our commitment to Jesus—if God used us as his prototype Christian—how much faith would the family have? In what condition would our church be? Would we need to hold services every week, according to our attendance record? Could the church pay a minister’s salary if everyone gave our level of gift? Indeed, could we pay any church bills, or support a missionary?
Abraham began his spiritual sojourn at 75 years of age. He finished it at death 100 years later. Because he continually trusted and served God—growing in spiritual grace through every experience—God made him the human father of billions of believers. How many people would our level of faith bring to Jesus?
We determine where, if at all, we stop maturing as Christians. But he forewarned: Jesus promises salvation only for those who never stop serving, never stop maturing and never stop deepening their faith in God Matthew 10:22, 24:13. Fini