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