Today’s scripture: Philippians 3:15-16
Just as we mature and grow physically, we mature and grow spiritually. And we
require the same things: food to nourish; relationships to develop emotionally;
study and learning to stimulate mentally.
If a child isn’t fed regularly and nutritionally, her growth is stunted. If she
doesn’t have regular, positive interaction with others, she becomes socially
inept. If she is never given the opportunity to read or learn, she stays
childlike in her thinking.
The same is true for believers. We must be nourished by God’s word—studying it,
meditating on it—every day. We must spend time with God in prayer and solitude,
listening to His voice. We must also spend time with other believers to learn
from them and fellowship with them. We must stimulate our minds by reading
books that make us question, that strengthen our beliefs, that challenge us.
Some seem to think that being a Christian means praying a prayer and then just
going merrily on our way. While
accepting God’s gift of salvation is key to forgiveness and eternity with our
Lord, it’s not the end. It’s the beginning. Let us not be content with where we
are today. Rather, let us have a true desire to be more, grow more, develop
more. So we can indeed be mature Christ-followers.