My son just completed a theatre production of Peter Pan with Homeschool Performing Arts in Grand Rapids, MI. It was a high-flying, spectacular show. Everyone walked away amazed at the level of excellence with which these kids perform.
You are probably familiar with the story of Peter Pan, a boy who never wants to grow up. At one point Peter sings
I’ll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up
Never gonna be a man,
Like to see somebody try
And make me.
Anyone who wants to try
And make me turn into a man,
Catch me if you can.
I won’t grow up.
The interesting thing is that Peter’s friends, the Lost Boys, choose to leave Neverland and grow up. I have to admit that I had a little mist in my eye as it struck me that my son was completing his senior year of high school and was also getting ready to leave Neverland behind. But, here is the deal, it’s a good thing. That is what Peter never figured out. Childhood is a special season of life, but we are not meant to stay there forever. We are meant to grow up and it is good. The same is true spiritually.
The Apostle Peter (not Pan), exhorts us in 1 Peter 2:2 to crave the word of God like a baby craves milk in order to grow up in our salvation.
Hebrews 5:12 rebukes those who ought to be teachers but are stuck in elementary school.
The Apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 13:11 that there is a time when you have to grow up and put away childish things.
Like the Lost Boys, we must make the choice to embrace maturity. I remember hearing someone say once that all people grow old, but not everyone grows up. We grow up because we choose it. We choose to put to death those sins that are robbing us of life. We choose to build real relationships with people who can challenge and encourage us. We choose to do the hard work of praying and seeking and studying. We choose to obey. We choose to serve. We choose to deny ourselves, take up our cross daily and follow Jesus. These choices and a thousand others lead us toward maturity. Growing old will happen to us whether we like it or not, but we have to choose to grow up. What are you choosing today?
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