"Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen." (2 Peter 3:17-18, NIV)
It is had to believe that summer is coming to a close and autumn is fast approaching. Schools are back in session and for many parents it is a relief. You have probably seen back-to-school sales, retailers pushing school supplies and the latest fashions. But as you prepare your children for school, have you noticed how much they have grown? Maybe as you have shopped for clothes, you noticed.
Have you grown, not just your physical body but spiritually? God's plan for us is to be born again and then to grow into maturity as His children. But, too often, we find there are a lot of spiritual babies, and not enough mature Christians.
Spiritual babies can be recognized in the same way we see physical babies. Spiritual babies grip on to everything they have as tight as they can. The spiritually mature individual will give freely of his time, talent and treasures. Spiritual babies would rather argue than take action, they follow man instead of the Master.
How do we become mature Christians? The process is simple. Just as we were born into this life, we first must also be born into spiritual life. We must receive Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior. Now the growth process begins.
We must learn to feed ourselves upon the Word of God. If we are not reading the Word we will not grow. You've heard the saying, "you are what you eat?" Well that also holds true for the spiritual body. We must make sure we begin each day by reading the Word of God and take time to seek Him through prayer with Thanksgiving.
We must also allow others to feed us. Church attendance is very important. God has built His church and He gives spiritual gifts to different people. When we talk to our Christian friends, we should expect to hear God talk to us through them.
Good fellowship with other believers will strengthen us. We should look for opportunities to serve God in our churches and community. These are all characteristics of basics of growth.
Finally, as we grow, we must learn to walk. We should walk by faith in the newness of life, walk worthy of the Lord, always looking for opportunities to glorify God the way Jesus Christ did. We must walk in love and light, there are many who are walking in darkness. Why don't you grow up and show someone the light of Jesus Christ?
Are you growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ? Do you see people as opportunities to serve and not as problems? It begins by letting go of yourself and grabbing those nail-scarred hands of the Lord Jesus Christ. Allow Him to lift you up, to change you and begin that relationship with Him. Maybe it's been a while since you fed your spiritual body, and you are hungry. I invite you to feast upon the Bread of Life, Read the Word, attend church on a regular basis, and get involved. You wouldn't starve your physical body, so quit starving your spiritual body. May God bless you as you grow in the grace and knowledge of Him.
("From the Pulpit" is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)