Thoughts From Toby

Growing Up Together

Who did you grow up with? Maybe you’re thinking of a sibling, or a cousin, or a best friend from childhood. I’m sure that whoever you’re thinking of has some pretty funny (perhaps even embarrassing) stories to tell about you, and probably vice versa. Growing up and maturing alongside another person - or group of people - is a vital part of life. Growth and maturity do not happen overnight, but failure to do so can be detrimental (Have you ever met a childish adult… it ain't pretty!).

Consider the words of the Apostle Paul, who encouraged the Christians in Ephesus by telling them: “Speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ” (Ephesians 4:15). Part of what we are called to do, as the church, is to “grow up together,” to mature alongside each other. Growth and maturity are not optional for Christians, and are, in fact, a lifelong pursuit. We continually grow in our Christlikeness, and we do so in community. There will be bumps along the way. There will be embarrassing stories that we wish we could change. But we grow up together, challenging one another to grow in faith, hope, and love. May we seek to encourage one another as we grow up together in Christ.