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The narrow road to maturity

Posted by appolus on November 18, 2018

There are Christians who are immature and always will be. They are Christians who are tossed to and fro like a wave on the ocean, running from one thing to the other, and then oftentimes back to the same thing, Christians who are continually circling around the mountain but never making any upward progress. There are believers who take two steps forward then meet a serious obstacle and take three steps back.

There is of course the reasonably rare jewel. Slowly but surely they move forward. Obstacles come yet they apprehend the power of God and actually grow in the situation.. Any backward motion or plateau is deeply felt and mourned over and repented of. Refining fires do not cause them to fall back but merely burn away the flesh bringing them ever closer to their Lord. Even in the most dire situations, when faced with personal tragedy and loss, they can say with Job “even if He kill me, yet will I trust Him.”

This of course, is the narrow path. Many are called to this path, but few there are who find it. Only by the Spirit of God can one remain on this path. You will recognize the saint who walks this path, who has walked through fire and flood. He or she does not speak with thee’s or thou’s nor in pious tones that keeps others away with their aloofness. The saint who has been tried by God is eminently approachable and much more interested in others than him or herself.

The saint who has surrendered to the broken process is like a sweet aroma, full of love and forgiveness for they are all too aware of how much they are loved and have been forgiven themselves. Heb 5:8 “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.” What has suffering taught you saint? Have you learned to be more obedient? Are you closer to the Lord than when you first began? Have you traveled deeper into the heart of God?

A mature saint is a beautiful thing for he or she reflects the light of the Lord into a dark and broken world. If you could see your Christian life as a graph from beginning to now, would the line have a general trend upwards? It should. The thrust of our life should be Christlike, this is our reasonable service as servants of the most High God. It’s never too late for the saint to learn or surrender to the learning process. And no matter what stage we are at in our walk with the Lord we must always be learning and delving ever deeper into the “knowledge,” of the truth. This is not a head knowledge but rather it is an intimate intertwining of our hearts with His which leave us more and more like Jesus.

8 Responses to “The narrow road to maturity”

  1. Caleb Reed said

    My dearly beloved Frank!!!

    Yet another glorious installment of the truth spoken in love!!

    I resonate so wholeheartedly and deeply with what you have written.

    May the Lord richly bless you as you continue to faithfully sow seeds of righteousness through every post, every poem, and all that goes on below the surface in your life that fuels the groans and longings that pulse within your heart!!

    Love you so much from afar dear brother!

    Caleb

    (Never feel pressure to reply, just know i am blessed through your kindred spirit)

    • appolus said

      Dear bro Caleb, thank you for your reply. I have been entertaining a guest for a couple of weeks ( my cousin from Wales) so I have not forgotten about our phone call brother. Take care brother and we shall talk soon……………………..bro Frank

  2. Robert Taylor said

    Brother Frank……..What a wonderful article. This is a perfect description of the 30 fold 60 fold and 100 fold Christians that were produced by the seed that fell on “Good Ground” in the parable that Jesus Christ our Lord gave in Matthew 13. Also in Luke 13: 24, Jesus tells gives us a little more detail about the Christians that were produced by the seed that fell on “good ground”. Here is what it says…..”Strive to enter in at the strait gate, for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and will not be able.” The two words that we need to focus on here are the words “STRIVE: and the word “SEEK”. Many will seek to enter the strait gate, but only the ones that strive to enter in will go through. All of them are Christians,,but only the 100 fold fold fully mature Christian will enter into that special place of service for our Lord. Only that fully mature one is going to cast off the things of this world, and walk that narrow path that leads to the abundant life. All Christians are “seeking” the “Kingdom of God”, but only the fully mature are going to “strive” and enter through that strait gate. Just my thoughts brother Frank…….This article that you have written is beyond excellent.

    • appolus said

      Bro Robert, that is a great point about striving and seeking. I am going to steal that 🙂 It is very true of course and I also love the word diligence. Those who diligently seek ( the two words together) the Lord are rewarded by His presence. ……………………bro Frank

  3. kimberly mcbride said

    Rejoicing in the Lord for this blessed stream !!
    There is a remnant !

  4. Fiona Burky said

    Thanks for the encouragement! I recently said tho he slay me, yet I will follow. Has been extremely difficult time for the last year, but I’m encouraged to know it’s progress for me. Thank you!

  5. watchman73 said

    Reblogged this on By the Blood of the Lamb.

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