When I Grow Up...
By Min. DJ
“And what do you want to be when you grow up”, Mrs. Anderson asked Little Johnny. “Christ” he replied. “I want to be Christ when I grow up”. “That’s wonderful Johnny. You want to be like Christ.” “No,” Little Johnny interrupted, “I want to BE Christ when I grow up.” The Sunday School teacher smiled, patiently. “Well, you can’t BE Christ when you grow up because Jesus is Jesus and Johnny is Johnny, but you can be like Christ when you grow up.” Johnny looked confused. “You can be like Jesus by obeying our heavenly Father and doing the things that Jesus did.” Johnny scratched his head and asked, “Why do I have to wait until I grow up to do that?” “You don’t”. “Right”, Johnny quickly retorted nodding his head as if he’d settled the matter. Mrs. Anderson looked oddly at Little Johnny and then turned to the other students. “Let’s get back to our memory verse, shall we?” The class perked up and began to quote the scripture they’d memorized from chapter 4 of the book of Ephesians.
“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”
The teacher turned and there was Little Johnny with his little hand raised. “Yes Johnny. Do you have a question?” “Are you one of the teachers that Jesus gave?” Delighted that it wasn’t another question about growing up and being Christ, Mrs. Anderson quickly replied, “Yes, as a matter of fact I am.” “Then you’re supposed to show me how to grow up into Christ.” The teacher sighed, glancing at him over her bifocals. She knew that Johnny was very bright, if a little annoying, so she decided to ask him. “And where in the world did you get that idea?” “My mom...” he started to explain. “I see” she interrupted. “Well you might want to ask your mom to explain what she meant because...” “No, I didn’t get the idea from my mom” Johnny corrected. “My mom always taught me to read the whole chapter when I’m memorizing a verse. It says that Jesus gave teachers to help me grow up from a child into Him, Christ, the Head of the Body. So, when I grow up I want to be Christ!” And there it was. In black and white. Verse 15 “...that we may grow up into Him.” Mrs. Anderson was wrong and Johnny was right.
In this little story, Johnny stumbled upon a huge revelation about the potential of our relationship with Christ. When you began reading, you probably thought that Mrs. Anderson was right, didn’t you? Maybe you still do. If so, read Ephesians 4:11-15 again. You not only should strive to be like Christ, you should desire to grow into oneness with Him. God wants to be closer to you than any friend or family member could ever be. I Corinthians 6:17 says that he that is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. You don’t have to ever feel alone again! If you’ll allow Jesus to be the Lord of your life, you can grow up into Christ!