Wednesday

2 Steps Older

growing in Christ, baby Christian, Hebrews 5:11-14
Many Christians never grow up (Hebrews 5:11-14).

They don't understand their faith, and they depend on themselves or secular wisdom to get through life. 

Other Christians grow at first but get stuck in an adolescent stage of faith. 

No matter how long we've been Christians, we need to keep growing. 

If you feel you've stagnated, here's 2 Suggestions:

1. Pray for the desire to grow. 
Ask God to help your "unbelief" (Mark 9:14-24) and ask Him to help you realize your desperate need for His Word. You literally cannot grow without it (Matthew 4:4Psalm 19:7-14Psalm 119).

2. Do something!
Commit to something, even something small (e.g. 5 minutes daily Bible reading) and watch that investment grow like the investments of the faithful servants in Matthew 25:14-28. (For additional encouragement read Baby Steps)

It isn't rocket science--it's pretty basic: growth requires planning and perseverance. We've got to realize our need and do something deliberate about it.

3 comments:

  1. Excellent reminder to move on to meat at some point as Paul exhorts!

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  2. These are two great suggestions! But to be brutally honest, I hesitate asking God for things because of how he might challenge me. Isn't that awful? I prayed for my oldest son 14 years ago when he was 20--for God to do something drastic to get his attention. Well, my prayer was answered with him falling 6 stories and near death. To this day he still deals with aches, pains, and an arm that was almost amputated. I still do not understand God's plan since my son didn't really change. I guess there is still time...sorry to get so wordy.

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    1. I understand what you're saying, Gail.

      Prayer is a marvelous, mysterious element of our Christian faith. So, I'll say up front that I don't perfectly understand how God works in prayer. But I'm doubtful that your prayer led to your son's accident.

      I know of two instances in the Old Testament where God gives people things they ask for even though those things aren't good for them (quail-Numbers 11 and a king-1 Samuel 8). But in both cases, the people were in rebellion against God and their requests were against God's clear guidance.

      Your request, on the other hand, was/is a godly one.

      I think it's likely that Satan is behind your feelings of guilt or fear, and his desire is to keep you from praying and trusting God.

      God allows all things that happen, but they aren't necessarily his perfect will. We live in a fallen world and many accidents, diseases, and difficulties come randomly, not as a result of personal sins.

      And things often don't make sense to us. Why did someone godly like Joni Eareckson Tada have an accident that paralyzed her while evil men walk about free and healthy? God sees an overall picture that we don't. Things definitely don't look fair and sensible from our small view of them. That's where the trust comes in. (Hebrews 11:1-2)

      I encourage you to feel confident to pray for anything in line with God's will. He knows your heart and knows you aren't asking for meaningless suffering for your loved ones.

      I love your honesty and your thoughts about this, Gail. I think you may be expressing feelings that others have as well.

      Thanks for sharing them.
      If you don't mind, they may even end up in a 1-minute devotion (anonymously, if you prefer)
      : )

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