Tomorrow I will be 32 years old. As I was thinking about this today I remembered the fact that Jesus was 32 when he was right in the middle of his earthly ministry. He started at age 30 and finished at age 33. Three short years that changed the world we live in.
I don’t know why, but I have this picture in my mind of Jesus being older than me when he walked the Earth. Maybe it’s because I still see myself younger than I really am. But Jesus was a thirty something man when we read of his ministry in the Gospels.
This reality challenged me today. It’s helping me evaluate my own life and where I am right now. Am I growing more in the fruit of the Spirit than ever before? To be sure, my life has changed dramatically since I first surrendered it to God. But I have to be honest, sometimes I don’t feel that I’m anywhere close to where I need to be. I am thankful for where I’ve come from, but I know I still have a long way to go.
When I look at the “fruit” or the production of my life, I want to see more evidence and quality in regards to the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control that is spoken of in Ephesians 5:22-23.
I think this is a common thought for people who really know the character of Jesus. The Apostle Paul, even as he grew in his ministry still though of himself as the “chief of sinners.” Did this mean that he went out and deliberately lived a lifestyle of sin and rebellion against God? No indeed not. It means that as he grew closer to the Lord, he saw who he really was without him.
Did this reality cause him to despair? Nope. He was always pressing on and reaching forward. Read this.
So, this is my hope and scripture for year number 32. I hope for many “fruit-filled” years ahead.
If you are “wiser” in years than me, what was life like for you when you were my age? What life lessons or wisdom do you have to offer? If you are not yet past 32, where do you hope to be when you hit my age?