We are vessels. The world knows this about us and fills us with the idea of what it looks like to become mature: Put away the former, childish ways of fantasy, and become a person oriented with the realities of the world. You must lie to each other sometimes, you must steal in a cunning and guarded way that is difficult for others to pin down, you must malign your neighbors, clients, and co-workers when the time is right in order to achieve greatness, and above all when God is brought up, in order to protect your way of life you must deny the importance of supporting Him. You must recognize Him as nothing more than a childish fantasy with a following of people who are childish and not connected to reality. These are the true qualities of the mature man and woman, and what you should seek when finding mates, friendships and business partnerships. This is safe. This promises wisdom and honor, fulfillment and self worth.
Convincing, is it not? That was taken straight out of the book. What the enemy relentlessly enamors into people all day everyday. For a short time, a season, or even a lifetime, it is safe, depending on how you define safe. Unfortunately though, we reap what we sow. When reaping time comes we recognize that tragedy strikes those around us in equal fashion. This leads us to chalk it up to “the way life is.” Folks who think like the world are surrounded by the world and do not know anything better than the rhythm of tragedy.
Without faith and hope, worldly folks (including those in our churches, yes, especially dem folks) will never experience what it is like to live life with a light and easy burden. The world is taught to believe that a light and easy burden either does not exist or is childish and immature. What a laugh. Immaturity is the very act of carrying the weight of the world and living through constant tragedy. Worldly maturity does have it’s rewards, riches and glory, but in the kingdom of God it is childish, a result of pride and spiritual weakness, and can be thwarted by admitting one has not been trying to live in perfection and accepting The Savior as one’s boss again.
Behaving as described is exactly the way one must behave in order for God to lovingly lift His protection, allowing the enemy to do what he does best. Satan has come to lie, kill, steal and destroy. Satan uses cunning metaphors and many psychological devices to keep the world sick.
When a person comes to God he or she begins to mature in a different way. Godly people’s actions begin to illicit hatred from the world around them. The Spirit begins to grow and in all things we find joy and steadfast love.
When God is bringing us to Teleios, the world will see us as immature. If you are a pastor, look for this in your congregation and encourage that man or woman. Spilling the beans is a sign of a man being brought to Teleios. If you have one of those men in your congregation than you have one of The Savior’s own in your midst. That man suffers everyday for the sake of the gospel. Deep within, every Teleios man or woman knows that the behaviors of the world encourage the poisoning of the mind, the filling of God’s vessels with anything except for what it is meant to be filled with. Housing The Savior in a suitable home requires a lot of beans spilling. He knows what beans to throw out and what beans to hold onto. What kind of crop is growing in your mind? Consider the following points as we wrap up:
- If one spends their time in and around the things of this world, dedicating themselves to those things or even just skating along without The Savior, one will become like the world.
- Contrary to this, if a man or woman spends most of their time around the things of this world, while just spending a few hours a day or even a week in fellowship, scripture, and prayer, the maturing process of God within that man or woman is guaranteed. Literally guaranteed. If you spend time with God you will become teleios like if you are alive you will breath.
It is by no work of man that he becomes evil or good, it is the work of the evil or good within the source of a man’s surroundings that does the work. The only power we have over becoming perfected in evil or perfected in good is to choose to use our rudders to give our life to The Savior. At that point the impossible to avoid work of salvation in life will take hold. It is the rigorous work of truly choosing to give up every day that causes us to live.