I have spent the last few days in Disney World after helping my son, Ricky, relocate to a new home in Orlando. As I was walking through the Magic Kingdom, I passed one of the most popular attractions, Peter Pan’s Flight. The ride takes you through the scenes of the classic movie, Peter Pan. During the ride you hear one of the movie’s most famous songs. It goes like this:
I won't grow up,
I don't want to go to school.
Just to learn to be a parrot,
And recite a silly rule.
If growing up means
It would be beneath my dignity to climb a tree,
I'll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up
Peter Pan is the boy who wouldn’t grow up. He doesn’t want any responsibility. He doesn’t want to go to school. He wants to go and come as he pleases. He wants to live all of his life in “Never-Never Land” where he and his friends can laugh and play and battle the evil Captain Hook forever without ever having to grow up.
Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn’t grow up makes a charming story on the movie screen. But a Peter Pan Christian, the man or woman who will not grow up, make a tragedy in real life.
The Christian life is a journey. It is a path that each of us who profess faith in Jesus Christ walk. And there is one thing that is certain, it is impossible to stand still in the Christian life: we either go forward and claim God’s blessing, or we go backward and wander about aimlessly. We do not live in a “Never-Never Land.” We live in God’s world. And it is a fact that, whether we like it or not, we all must grow up.
This week as we continue our series entitled Gospel, we will look at the process of growth in the Christian life. In our Methodist theology we call this process of growth, sanctification. Join us as we explore how we grow up in holiness of heart and life.