1 John 2:12-14
What man plants a sapling, who upon his return ten years later, does not expect to find a fruit-yielding tree? Imagine the horror at discovering that the bendy sapling is no further on in its progression as in the day it was first planted. If it is an apple tree or a pear tree, we’d expect that tree to have come to maturity, and the sign of its maturity would be the beautiful fruit hanging from every branch. As it is in the natural, so it also ought to be in the spiritual!! Tell me, is the maturing of your spiritual man in proportion to the length of years you’ve walked with the Lord? It is the heart of our Lord to see His children go on to spiritual maturity, growing from little children to young men, to fathers.
Let us prepare our hearts as to what we will do with what is said in this heart-searching sermon.