The Mature One’s by LaKisha M. Johnson
“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.”
I remember growing up, watching westerns and other small town shows, there was always a family business. One particular show I was fond of was The Olesen’s owned the store in town and a several other properties. They couldn’t have children so they adopted a little boy and a little girl. Their daughter Nellie, was adopted first. Nellie was a very spoiled child, she was temperamental, inconsiderate, selfish and often mean. She gossiped, started fights, and would often cause conflict with everyone around her. Her brother was the total opposite. Nellie, actually acted a lot like her mother. The father was very peaceful and loving and the little boy, Willie that they adopted acted more like the father. After graduation, Nellie’s mom bestows on her the family business a restaurant. Nellie is not equipped to handle this business for one, she can’t cook but her attitude and incompetence is even worse. Her brother, who had gone blind would have been better at running the family business, but Nellie encounters truth, and her heart begins to change.
This week on my Facebook Live, Coffee and Conversations, we have been discussing coming out of our comfort zone and reaching another level in God. On yesterday we focused on having God’s wisdom in the next season in our life. If we are going to work on Kingdom advancement and fulfill our kingdom assignments (purpose), we have to operate in a level of maturity that reflects Christ. Our thinking should reflect the maturity of Christ. So what does that look like? There are a series of scriptures that go with the maturity of Christ. I will share some of them here (See Romans 5:3,4, 1 John 4:18, James 1:22-25, Philippians 3:12, Proverbs 9:9, 2 Timothy 2:22 and Galatians 2:20 ) . If we are going to ask God for more territory, or to be used by Him, then we have to be mature enough to handle God’s business. God only turns the business over to the mature ones. It would be futile to turn the family business over to someone who couldn’t handle it. Nellie, was not equipped or groomed to handle the family business, she was too immature. She didn’t have respect for people, she didn’t know how to handle them, she was full gossip and slander, she wasn’t kind with her words, she was unforgiving and she didn’t walk in God’s love.
James 1: 22 says, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves." If I am not mature enough then instead of walking and acting like an adult, I walk and act like that of a little child. Little children want immediate gratification, they are selfish, they don’t think before they speak, they don’t use the Word of God to guard themselves, they are quick to fight, they don’t use wisdom and they don’t walk in love.
I am ready to enlarge my territory, to run the family business, but to do this I have to have a life that reflects Christ. I have to grow up in order to level up. I have to practice the word and not just hear the word, I have to let go of the “petty” places in me. God only hands the business over to the mature ones, those that can handle it with the maturity of Christ.
Prayer: Holy Spirit I ask you today to inspect me, to inspect my heart. To show me the areas in my life, that lack maturity. Father I want to be used for your ultimate Glory, anything that is in me, that doesn’t reflect or look like Christ, show me how to grow from it. In Jesus Name, Amen.
LaKisha M. Johnson is mom, author, motivational speaker, minister and teacher. She is the host of Coffee and Conversations on “facebook live” Monday-Friday at 5:00 am central standard time and Sundays at 7:00 am central standard time. She hosts a pajama party for women, “Pillow Talk” several times throughout the year, walking them through God inspired truths, while providing a place of vulnerability and transparency to talk. To find out more information on her log on to lakishamjohnson.com and follow her on social media @justbeinglmj.