Spiritual Growth: 2

 

‘When we grew up, we quit our childish ways.’ 1 Corinthians 13:11 CEV

People with strong faith can make you feel ‘less than’, especially when you compare yourself to them. We can look up to people of faith who testify to amazing changes in their lives, admiring their confidence and the stability of their relationship with God—all the while feeling insecure and inadequate.

In the quietness of our hearts, many of us wonder if God hands out His favour according to a secret merit system. Super-sized gold star for obedience, super-sized strike-out for hesitation or anything less.

But faith is a growing thing. It doesn’t burst into life, fully mature, instantly perfect. Do you feel as if there’s something wrong because you never seem to measure up? Then read this: ‘When we were children, we thought and reasoned as children do. But when we grew up, we quit our childish ways.’

You start as a spiritual infant, then you become a spiritual child, then a spiritual teen, and eventually a spiritual adult. But you never ‘arrive’. And quick-fix, do-it-yourself righteousness will just make you try to impress others with a false sense of holiness. It will stop you from being honest before God and make you think you should be farther along than you are for your spiritual age.

Remember when you were a kid and you dressed up in your mum’s high heels or your dad’s work boots? No matter how much you wanted to fit into them, you couldn’t. That didn’t mean there was something wrong with you; it just meant you were exactly where you should have been for your age. So if you’re feeling ‘less than’ today, just ask God to help you grow.

SoulFood: Gal 5:23, Is 40:9–11, Is 42:1–4, Ps 18:31–35

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2018

Today’s Readings

Galatians 5:23 (Listen)

23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Isaiah 40:9–11 (Listen)

  Go on up to a high mountain,
    O Zion, herald of good news;
  lift up your voice with strength,
    O Jerusalem, herald of good news;
    lift it up, fear not;
  say to the cities of Judah,
    “Behold your God!”
10   Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might,
    and his arm rules for him;
  behold, his reward is with him,
    and his recompense before him.
11   He will tend his flock like a shepherd;
    he will gather the lambs in his arms;
  he will carry them in his bosom,
    and gently lead those that are with young.

Isaiah 42:1–4 (Listen)

42:1   Behold my servant, whom I uphold,
    my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
  I have put my Spirit upon him;
    he will bring forth justice to the nations.
  He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice,
    or make it heard in the street;
  a bruised reed he will not break,
    and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;
    he will faithfully bring forth justice.
  He will not grow faint or be discouraged
    till he has established justice in the earth;
    and the coastlands wait for his law.

Psalm 18:31–35 (Listen)

31   For who is God, but the LORD?
    And who is a rock, except our God?—
32   the God who equipped me with strength
    and made my way blameless.
33   He made my feet like the feet of a deer
    and set me secure on the heights.
34   He trains my hands for war,
    so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
35   You have given me the shield of your salvation,
    and your right hand supported me,
    and your gentleness made me great.

Sun 27 May, 2018


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