Learning to Walk with God
Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. As you come to Him, the living Stone— rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to Him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. – 1 Peter 2:1-5
Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. – Hebrews 5:13-6:2
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. – 2 Peter 3:18
Like starting a new job or moving to a new city, learning to think like a Christian takes some time.
No on enters the Christian life as middle management. Just like there’s only one way in—through belief in Jesus Christ and His death on the cross—there’s only one way up. And it starts on the ground floor. But don’t worry. It’s anything, but boring in the minimum-wage mailroom of Christian maturity. . . for at least two reasons:
- Your enemy, Satan, knows that your fire is burning pretty bright right now. He also knows that you’re vulnerable to a relapse (modern attention spans and commitment levels being what they are). He’ll have plenty of temptations to keep you busy once the new wears off.
- But on the other hand, God promises you room for steady advancement if you’re willing to work hard in His training program, committing yourself to His word, to His church, to His tried-and-true philosophy of aspiring to bigger things by being faithful in the small things. New blessings and discoveries can spring up from all over when you’re just starting out. You won’t find this much joy in anyone else’s company.
“There is no sweeter manner of living in the world than continuous communion with God. Only those who have experienced it can understand.” – Brother Lawrence
Tomorrow’s Reading: Before anyone starts a new job, he needs to know who the boss is—not just who He is, but what He’s like, what He’s looking for, and how he can expect to be treated.