Today’s scripture selection: Hebrews 5-7
Key verse: Hebrews 6:1
“Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity….”
Most everyone eventually “grows up” – it’s just some grow up more than others.
Physically – provided our health holds – we grow up physically. And, with a little help from a few good teachers – hopefully, we grow intellectually.
Spiritual growth – now that can be another matter.
I have known individuals who have grown to a ripe old age physically; have been pretty strong intellectually – perhaps not great scholars – but able to get things done in their chosen vocation in life. Still, spiritually, they have shown no more maturity than a toddler.
And, I have known just the opposite to be true.
I have delighted in knowing some very young children; or some wonderful teens – who, physically, still have a long way to go to maturation; intellectually – still have much to learn – but who spiritually shine like angels.
There’s a reason there is an old saying about great truth coming “out of the mouth of babes.” Somehow God uses these little ones to speak great spiritual truths. And we all benefit from the wisdom they share.
I’ve also known great spiritual sages – those “salt of the earth” types – who don’t have more than a sixth-grade education.
So I don’t think it has much to do with chronological age or how many academic certificates a person hangs on his or her wall.
I think it has to do with eyes of faith; and open minds; and most of all, willing, loving hearts.
Growth is a wonderful thing – and surely part of God’s plan for all of us. So I invite you to seek it every day of your life.
Grow up: not just physically; not just intellectually; but spiritually.
It’s a wonderful ride.
Prayer: Lord, may I always seek to learn more; understand more; grow more – as your child. AMEN.