You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. Hebrews 5:12
Our pastor shared this verse last night and how spiritual maturity has nothing to do with a person’s age. We can accept Christ as our Savior and not grow for 30 years.
Every day we have a choice to learn more about the Lord by reading His Word and spending time in His presence. Meditation, solitude and prayer are a few spiritual disciplines that will help us grow.
If we do nothing and take our relationship with the Lord for granted, we won’t develop spiritually. With marriage or any relationship if we don’t spend time getting to know one another there won’t be much depth to the relationship.
The same is true with The Lord. Of course we won’t know Him which will lead to still needing a baby bottle instead of growing up in faith. When I first became a Christian I felt the Lord was always speaking to me and making it real obvious.
After a couple of years I noticed he seemed to stop speaking to me.? I questioned the change and felt in my spirit that I was no longer a baby spiritually and it was time to walk by faith. I didn’t like it at all, but it was part of growing.
Our children would never learn to walk if we carried them everywhere they went. When we first start to walk with the Lord He may carry us like babies, then he allows us to walk on our own and sometimes we fall and skin our knees.
Growing spiritually does take a lot of effort just like anything else we want to be good at. Working out, learning a new job, playing a sport or piano or doing physical therapy on your shoulder. All of it takes a lot of effort if you want to grow.
One can always choose to stay stagnant. I could have chosen to NOT do rehab on my shoulder. I would not have been able to use my arm again.
I’m still going through a lot of pain and effort to rebuild strength and gain range of motion. The doctor said it would take a year of effort to regain strength and mobility.
The end result is up to the kind of effort I want to put forth.
My Pearl today is that if we give God an inch he will take us a mile.