As we continue to work with young men and women out of today’s society, we are constantly made aware of the out-of-balance condition of so many young lives. “God put the solitary in families” for the maturing of each one into a well-balanced person who can stand and serve Him, however He may call us. And the Lord doesn’t make mistakes! His ORDER is that we mature in five main areas of growth: RELATIONAL, SPIRITUAL, EMOTIONAL, MENTAL, PHYSICAL. This is God’s PLAN!!
He expects us to be set on the path to full maturity in ALL these areas – WHILE WE ARE AT HOME. Even most parents who don’t see this so clearly try in some way to bring it off. At least they have for many generations; but now, the world is throwing so many things at us from so many different directions, we get confused and get off track. I hope you young people who read these letters can see what is required for your own TOTAL maturity, and seek the wisdom of God to prepare [yourselves] for fatherhood and motherhood, because the children that will be coming along now are the ones who just might lead us into the Kingdom of God!
As we said in last month’s letter, “We must, BY AN ACT OF OUR WILL, put to death what belongs to our earthly nature.” And we must rid [ourselves] of things like anger, malice, rage, slander, etc. . . . These are not a part of the divine order of God.
There is a related word in the New Testament which speaks of the ORDER or ARRANGEMENT of things following “in succession“. It means there is a consecutive order. There are things we must do to mature in one area so that we can go on to maturity in another. Most of us mature physically before we mature spiritually. I believe that we need to see the wisdom of God in His divine plans. He knows that we must learn how to LIVE IN RELATIONSHIPS., in order to mature in any of the other areas of our [lives]. Most of the problems in the Body of Christ come from our immaturity in relationships. Jesus had some strong words about this matter: “In as much as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me“. Jesus was saying that in order to mature spiritually, we must first prove [ourselves] in our treatment of other people – especially those who are closest to us. He also said, “If you do not forgive men their sins, your Heavenly Father will not forgive your sins“.
Work on your relationships at home, and you may see ORDER come to the Body of Christ where you worship. It doesn’t destroy spontaneity. It produces harmony – in worship and praise, in the teaching of the Word, in the exercise of ALL the spiritual gifts. Hallelujah!!
From Jay Fesperman’s “Letters of Exhortation”, Number 23, July 1982.