We need Mature believers

7 Oct

Between the morning hours of 6 and 8, you will find the roads, pavements and public transport populated by the masses ready to put in a hard shift at the office. But if you take a minute to look around you’ll notice they are not the only group out and about. I refer to old people!

Despite not having a job to get to, despite having the whole day to run their errands they feel they day must be completed by 8am. Though to be fair, with diagnosis murder and murder she wrote in the afternoon I can see how that thinking works.

I think our society feels there comes a point in life when we become useless. No longer fit for use. At such a point, they are viewed as an irritation, no longer fulfilling a purpose, nothing but a burden we have to put up with.

I’d like to say the church is safe from that. But I only have to review my own thinking to no that not to be true. I have this idea that the older generation in the church are like my favourite muppet characters stadtler and waldorf. Week after week they sit in the balcony, complaining of how rubbish each act is whilst everybody goes on ignoring them.

The idea that a church can only move forward and grow with a young, energetic man at the helm. Being trendy, relevant and ‘down with the kids’ (best gangster pose to match)

Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us. (Titus 2:3-8)

How sad it is that the mature, experienced believers are sidelined by the majority. Myself included.

I had the privilege of attending a bible study made up of mostly older Christians. I wasn’t sure what to expect, possibly that they would keep forgetting and repeating the same question and answer over and over.

What I found was deep understanding of biblical doctrine, a wealth of experience and lives that have felt the hand of God on them more times then they could remember!

To my shame, I have thought like many. That there is nothing to be learned from dear old Blanch who takes 30 minutes to get up from her seat. Sadly nothing could be further from the truth.

The scripture in Titus is a blueprint for a healthy church. In fact the New King James entitles this portion of scripture as ‘qualities of a sound church’. From this passage we see that the older generation has just as much to teach the younger generation as the other way round.

Young people will have the energy and enthusiasm, the drive and determination to soak up everything taught to them. But for a church to be healthy and succeed in the Lords work, we must have mature Christians who, though less able bodied, can impart the benefit of a life lived hand in hand with God almighty.

I have heard it said that you don’t learn the art of praying until your life slows down. I guess this means when you no longer have lots of places to go and lots of things to do. How amazing would it be to change that so we became prayer warriors from an early age??!!!

Dear believer, instead of sitting in your normal seat on a Sunday, why not seek out the older crowd. Demand they tell you about what they have learned about God! Visit them in their homes, invite them round for tea.

Young believers, need good, strong mentors with years of Christian experience. The Church needs mature Christians just as much as young fresh faced believers.

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2 Responses to “We need Mature believers”

  1. Yoda October 24, 2008 at 9:22 pm #

    What a balnced and well reasoned theme – Biblical too!

    from a battle-scarred muppet.

  2. shelly January 27, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    Good article! Young people are too proud sometimes-they need to mix with mature believers and learn from them too. Young believers can’t really share their experiences only with each other, because they havent got much to begin with sometimes. So mix it up alittle, and seek advice from a mature christian. 🙂

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