Friday, June 10, 2011

I don't 'wanna' grow up...or do I?

Can you remember your days as a child?  Do you have some favorite memories of when you were young?  My favorite memories of being a little girl were made during what seemed like endless summer days and nights, catching fireflies in a jar, swimming with my cousins all day, and the many sleep overs with my girl cousins as we talked about cute boys.  I can remember thinking "I don't 'wanna' (south Georgia language for 'want to') grow up! :)

A few years pass and then I can remember thinking that I still enjoyed those endless summer days and nights, but catching fireflies wasn't cool anymore.  Swimming all day with cousins turned into laying out all day to get that perfect sun kissed tan and we had even more sleep overs by this time only to stay up all night listening to the radio and discussing our boy crushes of the week.  I was so ready to grow up!

This teeter tottering of growing up is so evident in our christian lives as well.  We receive Jesus into our lives and become so eager to mature in Him spiritually, but when a trial comes, we start second guessing if we can endure these hard times for the Lord.  We start listening to the lies of satan and begin to believe that a godly life is too hard to live, that it's not fair compared to the way of the world, heaven forbid that we would have to change our ways, or that it is just not worth it.  We find ourselves stuck in a rut and scared to trust and move forward by faith.  We find ourselves not sure if we are ready to grow up! 

Hebrews 6:1 "So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely we don't need to start again with the fundamental importance of repenting from evil deeds and placing our faith in God."

God wants us to mature as Christians.  He desires for us to stop drinking baby's milk and move on to heavier food to digest for spiritual growth just as we did when we were little for physical growth.  It is so important in our lives to move on from the basic teachings about Christ and strive to become more mature in our understanding of Him.  We should 'wanna' grow up in Christ, because if God is for us, then who can stand against us?   It simply boils down to our choice.  It is our choice to choose how far we grow spiritually.  God is always there teaching, bu are we always listening, eager to learn in order to 'Grow" up?

Isaiah 50:4  "The Sovereign LORD has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught."

Enduring growing pains,


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