So, I’ll be 47 tomorrow.
According to this article in livestrong.com, a man maturing in age will experience certain body changes, like: testosterone decrease, loss of muscle mass, increase in body fat, changes in mood, and male menopause (no thanks!).
I’ll be 47 tomorrow and this article is pretty spot on, minus the male menopause. (I skipped that section. Not reading it.)
But despite all the declining health stuff, I still feel pretty good. My mind is fertile. I am constantly learning new things. I have a great family. I’m leading a great ministry. I have great friends.
I have challenges to overcome, fears to face, personal problems to conquer. I also have responsibilities, bills, deadlines, schedules, etc. – I’m basically, just your run of the mill, ordinary adult.
But, I don’t want to be an adult.
In Matthew, Jesus told His disciples who were arguing over who was the most adult (greatest, in charge, in authority) – “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of God.” (Mt 18:3)
Being adult, for most of us, means being the boss of our own lives and sometimes the lives of others. Being in charge of what we do, the decisions we make, where we go, how we spend our own money, what we say is very liberating.
Yes, I will have a cookie or 4 before I eat dinner. Why? Because I’m an adult. I’m the boss of spoiling my own meals.
But there is greater freedom, for us as believers, in not being in charge, not being the boss of our own lives – and instead, submitting and humbling ourselves like a child. A child that has no authority, no say so, no position of significance. A child that is not allowed to have 4 cookies before dinner.
Christ told His disciples that they would do greater things as they continued the work of the kingdom. (Jn 14:12) He didn’t tell them they would be greater men.
True greatness is humility. True greatness is service. True greatness is releasing any adultness – any authority – any rights to a role you feel you’re entitled to – and becoming like a child before Christ.