There are many blessings that God has so graciously given me to experience throughout the years, one of those blessings is parenthood. My wife and I have been blessed with four wonderful girls: Missy, Regina, Nancy, and Alice. My oldest daughter Missy, is now fifteen, and even though my wife and I have spent years rearing her for young adulthood…the truth is…I hate to see her grow up so fast. It seems like only yesterday I was going to school and eating lunch with her, but now we are having discussions about buying a car. Even though this is saddening to my heart, the reality is: there comes a time when kids must grow up. Christians are the same way.
Once an individual accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, the bible refers to them as “babes in Christ” (I Peter 2:2). Sure, an individual who accepts Christ could be thirty years of age, however, the bible teaches, even at thirty years of age the individual has become “born again” (I Peter 1:23); a birth has just taken place -- the spiritual birth of their souls. Therefore just as children must grow from infants into adults, likewise, the new Christian must grow from spiritual immaturity into spiritual maturity.
As a child I loved ridding skateboards. I would climb the biggest hill I could only to race down it with everything in me. There was nothing like feeling the wind blow through my hair, and feeling my heart pounding in my neck because of the speeds I was reaching. I was young; I was living life on the edge. However, I was unaware of the dangers around me -- as I later found out.
My family would always take an initiative to warn me about the risks of riding my skateboard without safety gear. I would listen long enough to end the conversation; put on the safety gear long enough to appease them; then race off to ride my skateboard. However, just before my ride, I would rip the safety gear off. I had been ridding a skateboard for at least a year; come on, I was a pro by now -- and who were they to tell me how to ride my board? The problem was: I was immature.
One day, around the age of twelve, I was racing my board down a hill and fell off. I fractured some bones, had skin hanging off different parts of my body, and was bleeding like a stuffed pig as I hopped back home. I was in pain for a week or more because of that accident. However, the reality was, I wouldn’t have had near the pain if I would have listened to the mature adults from the beginning. Had I only kept the safety gear on I would have walked away with a few minor scrapes.
Many Christians toady are racing through life with the same attitude I had then -- they know it all, and there is nothing you can tell them which they don’t already know. They are racing through life with dangers all around them and refuse to listen to the warnings of others. They cause themselves to experience unnecessary pain and hurt because they fail to listen to the guidance given through Gods Word. Psalms 119:105 says, “Thy word is a lamp...