Don’t tolerate people who try to run your life, ordering you to bow and scrape, insisting that you join their obsession with angels and that you seek out visions. They’re a lot of hot air, that’s all they are. They’re completely out of touch with the source of life, Christ, who puts us together in one piece, whose very breath and blood flow through us. He is the Head and we are the body. We can grow up healthy in God only as he nourishes us. Colossians 2:18-19 Message
I love the last part of this. To me, it shows that what we need to grow up healthy in God is to allow Him to feed and nourish us. How do we get that nourishment? By spending time with Him, reading His Word and asking for insight and revelation. When it comes from Him it brings nourishment. When you’re force fed the law, the do’s and don’ts, it stunts your growth and causes you to be malnourished.
This was why Jesus had such a hard time with the Pharisees. They were so focused on rules and magnifying peoples inability to keep them, that they had forgotten the goodness of God and His many blessings. They were so focused on the law of God that they missed the Grace of God.
When people become focused on the wrong things, they tend to bring with them guilt and condemnation. But when they focus on the finished work of Jesus and knowing that what He did is enough, they are whole, fully nourished and healthy, living in the new not the old.
I would encourage you today as Paul did so long ago, don’t focus on the gifts, focus on the giver of gifts. When He wants to show you more, He will. When He thinks you can handle more, you’ll get it. For now though, just lavish your love on Jesus and let His health become yours.