March 13, 2014
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Christian lifestyle is one of constant growth. We are constantly moving forward in God’s word. We are constantly moving forward in our prayer life, our knowledge, our wisdom, our faith, our works…
So many people have the belief that once we are baptized, we have done what we need to do to be a Christian. While that may be true, but if a person has no desire to grow and get closer to God, it causes one to wonder if their heart was really in the decision to be saved.
Jowl Hemphill penned what has become a neat children’s song, but All of us would do well to remember its words…
CHORUS: He’s still working on me to make me what I ought to be.
It took Him just a week to make the moon and stars,
The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars.
How loving and patient He must be,
He’s still working on me.
There really ought to be a sign upon the heart,
Don’t judge her yet, there’s an unfinished part.
But I’ll be perfect just according to His plan
Fashioned by the Master’s loving hands.
In the mirror of His Word reflections that I see
Make me wonder why He never gave up on me.
He loves me as I am and helps me when I pray
Remember He’s the Potter, I’m the clay.
We are in a constant pattern of growth. We will never be complete in this life. It is when we see Him face to face that we will be made complete and then we will know all there is to know.
“OK, so I will not know it all in this lifetime, so why even try?”
Wow! What a cop-out, but that’s what a vast majority of Christians think, even if they don’t verbalize it. I’m not passing judgment here but if a person lacks a desire to grow and move forward in the LORD, it does cause one to question that person’s faith. If you are not involved in a Bible study group, get involved with one, if all you can do is find a Sunday School class, so be it. At least you will be moving in the right direction. The more you do for our LORD, the more blessed you will be.
You may end up being tired, but you will come closer to finding that peace that passes all understanding. I do find something interesting… When I am working for Jesus, I don’t tire as easy and there are times I feel refreshed. When we are doing God’s work, He gives us what we need. One thing for sure, I don’t think any of us want to end up like the Church at Laodicea, lukewarm. The LORD told that Church, “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.” (Rev 3:15-16)
That is a sad commentary on a church. God wants nothing to do with those people. A lukewarm “Christian” is not moving in any direction. Such a person has lost all desire to grow. That is a sad state to be in. Many people in such a state have no idea of the danger to their immortal souls. Let me pose a question… If a professing Christian has no desire to grow in Christ, is that person a Christian?
Saying, “I need to get closer to God and study more.” is not doing it. That is like a person having a Heart attack saying, “I need to go to the E. R.” but staying in bed. That person is going to have some serious problems very soon. Recognizing a need is a good thing, but if no action is taken, for all the good it’s doing, a person may as well never recognized that need.
We grow in grace at different rates, depending on our efforts. These efforts are measured in our study of the Word and prayer. None of us are perfect and we all have room for growth.
In His Love