Productivity or Maturity?
And Jesus said to them, ‘Verily I say to you, that ye who did follow me, in the regeneration, when the Son of Man may sit upon a throne of his glory, shall sit — ye also — upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel; [YLT]
In the Kingdom of God, which we believe is the eternal kingdom, the goal of the King is to grow his people to where we can judge nations. Romans 12:2 reminds us that our process of transformation is in order to know the good will of the Father. God longs for His people to grow into maturity, while we so often get caught up in the human pursuit of being productive and generate what we think is valuable to society. There is an element of conflict between productivity and maturity. Maturity will most certainly yield productivity, while productivity doesn’t imply maturity. And again, it draws us back to who or what is in control. When I see myself as the center of the universe it is also easy to make productivity the measure of my success. In the Kingdom of God we often find that God is far less concerned about the immediate fruit of our lives and always seeks to grow the presence of His Kingdom in us. This may even mean periods of complete pruning, yielding absolutely no fruit, but being transformed in the depths of our being to be able to carry the weight of God’s purpose for us.
Being a judge demands the highest level of knowledge and wisdom together with the most upright intent of the heart. Righteousness stands as a pillar in God’s Kingdom. Due to the depravity and the spiritual climate in our world we are often inclined to seek personal benefits, often compromising issues of righteousness for short term gain.
Am I more concerned about growing in productivity? Is that how I also measure others? By society’s or my own judgement of their level of productivity? How do I see and treat people that are in some way kept from reaching expected levels of productivity? Are they a burden to society?
Growing into maturity is much more dirty work than a clean standard of productivity. Productivity doesn’t demand personal relationships or developing intimacy in any way. When we reach for maturity we have to get involved in each other’s lives and be God’s messengers. It also helps ourselves grow. Relating together calls on the dynamics of relationship, including trust, respect, forgiveness, transparency, reconciliation, and the knowledge of the path we walk and call others to walk.
Often we have not traveled far on the path of maturity, and therefore have little to give to others.
The need for righteous judgement and proclaiming the standards of God is desperate in the nations today. God gave the priests a very special intercessory role in so many ways. Speak forth the Word of God so the nations may know the ways of God. Proclaim judgement on what is clean and unclean. When we walk away from the knowledge of God and His ways, we will follow other ways, and typically they are taught by our own culture and spiritual powers teaching the people their own fallen doctrine.
We need to get back into the presence of God and read Scripture to gain understanding of God’s ways. They are always right and they will again shape the conscience of the nations as they cry out for deliverance from their bondage.
Productivity comes second to maturity! Otherwise we all end up as slaves to a brutal slave master. The Kingdom of God is one of true liberty, the ability to love and do righteousness, yielding fruit that is blessed by the King.
A few of us may need to repent from always measuring ourselves and others according to the wrong standard. Everyone has value and the potential to grow into maturity. This life is found in Jesus Christ!