As the New Testament writers, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit were putting pen to paper, there was a clarion call for the church, the Bride of Christ. Paul and Peter, James and John specifically called the various new churches to grow in Christ, but specifically to grow into full maturity. Today in the church however a different "call" seems to pervade much of what is done. Comfort, convenience, or easy-believism has taken root and what now seems to drive many churches in not maturity of faith, but rather "have it my way" Christianity. Many churches have become virtual drive-thru's where a quick glance at a menu is made, a brief giving of food occurs, and then off again into a world so full of competing philosophies.
The prayer of Paul for the church was "fullness of knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding". Peter's cry was that the church "set her hope fully on the grace that will be brought to them at the revelation of Jesus Christ". Christians were called to lived lives so heartily set on Christ that suffering would occur...today unfortunately, the main suffering we here about is Christian fighting with other Christian, or a person perceiving they are suffering because they don't get their way in the church.
Let's be a people ready to grow into full maturity...a people that know the length, width, height, and depth of the Love of God. A people so ready to be discipled and so ready to disciple that everything else falls by the wayside as we sit at the feet of the Master. After all, whose Kingdom are we in...?