Let’s face it, most of us aren’t Toys-R-U kids and we’ll never be Peter Pan. We’ve got to grow up sometime. Last year we took our youngest daughter to college. It was a wonderful and excruciating experience. While there were lots of tears on our drive home, Karen and I are so proud of our three daughters and who they are growing up to become. We’ve always prayed that for all our kids – for them to grow up, to mature and to one day leave the house and become “productive members of society.” It’s a natural part of life.
One of my favorite movies is “Failure to Launch.” The movie is based around a guy in his 30’s who refuses to move out of his parent’s house. Unbeknownst to him, his parents hire an expert to come and befriend him, build up his confidence and help get him out of the house. I think that today, many Christians are in this place. They have failed to launch. They are comfortable having someone else do all of their work and they never grow up.
The church today is stuck in a “pay the professionals” mentality. People think that if they pay a pastor then he should do most, if not all, of the work. The Bible sees it differently. Ephesians 4 teaches us that “Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.
14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.” (Eph. 4:12-14’ NLT)
There are no Peter Pans in church. It’s time to grow up. It’s time to take responsibility and become “productive members of the church.”
About Dr. Steve Lawson
Dr. Lawson is the author of the newly released book Giant Killers: Overcoming Obstacles and Seizing Opportunities. You can connect with Steve and learn more about his writing (blogging and new book projects) and speaking availability on his website www.stevelawson.us.