Happy new week! I hope you are all having a great start to the week.
For today’s #MeditationMonday, we will be taking a reference from 1 Corinthians 13:11 (CSB)
“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put aside childish things.”
I was at a church conference two weekends ago and one of the ministers had just told us about her journey and at the end of her story, she said “I experienced God in a different way.” In her story, she gave an illustration of the relationship between parents and their children. As babies and kids, our parents protect us, provide for us and want us under their supervision, guiding our every move. However, it gets to a certain age where our parents trust us and whatever knowledge they have imparted to us to take on the world on our own. They trust us to make the right decisions, live right, and go on to greater heights and make them proud. Throughout the growing stages of our lives, we experience our parents in different ways. As children grow older, parents leave room for them to make their own decisions because they know they are ready for it. A good example, a parent won’t entrust their estate to a baby to manage, they wait until they are old enough to handle it.
This minister made me realize that we have the same relationship with God. And, sadly, some of us have refused to grow up, advance from the baby/toddler phase with God into spiritual adulthood. I mean, it is a good thing and feeling to be pampered and provided for, but as babies, we will never truly fulfil God’s purpose for our lives or step into who he created us to be. In 2 Peter 1:5-8, Peter stressed how important it is to grow in our faith and knowledge of God. Growth in any aspect of life is key, and so it is in our spiritual lives. Peter talked about the qualities we must possess to be effective and productive with God’s work. And it is not enough to just have these qualities, we need to have them in increasing measure. We need to grow up in Christ so that God can entrust us with divine assignments that will bring souls to Him on a global scale. Yes, with adulthood comes a lot of responsibilities and with growth, you are entering new territories. But God created us for this. We are sons and daughters, men and women of the Most High and we need to begin to live and act as such. We are so much more in Christ, with so much more power and grace to do the work of our Father.
May God help us to desire that spiritual growth and give us the strength to embrace it and the wisdom to navigate in Jesus name, Amen.