Start being a baby
Seeing our very young granddaughter the other day made me think about something. We watched as she tried to make sense of all these relatives around her, one by one she was studying our faces, listening to our voices, trying to figure how she could touch us, her brain was in overdrive ! Experts claim the mind of these little ones is rapidly developing as it processes things and takes in the wonder of life and God’s creation. Seems to me that tends to slow down juuust a tad as we get older, we get used to our world around us, they novelty of it all wears off. Some people say “stop being a baby” but in this sense maybe we should start being one !!
Can you recall when you first got saved how interesting church and the Bible were? How you sang the hymns fully engaged in what they said and how you sang them? How you hung on the preacher’s every word? As a pastor I see it sometimes in faces, the newer attenders are often very intent, while sometimes, those who have been around the block, so to speak, have started to drift in their attention and consequently in their actions for God. That’s part of the “second law of spiritual dynamics” I suppose, namely, if we don’t keep a good maintenance on things we can easily break down ! And this goes for the preacher as well as the preachee !! We all need to stop once in a while and evaulate ourselves, are we really letting God penetrate and captivate our heart or have we allowed ourself to get into a spiritual stupor?
Try today looking at the world around you and instead of cursing the weather, appreciate something about it. Try opening up that Bible and ask God to show you something wondrous about Him. Paul’s epistles are laced with comments in which he was in awe of the Lord and what He’s done. In Galatians 1:4-5 he wrote of the Lord, “Who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father, to Whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen”. Paul never got over his conversion and what that entailed for him and he appreciated very deeply the love at His expense but for his sake. And marvel of marvels, such an act that secured your salvation was His will !! So why should not Paul and we then think always “to Whom be glory for ever and ever”?!!
Sometimes we just need a good kick in the pants, ’tis true, but more often than not what we need is to let God penetrate our heart and mind and fixate on exactly how much God loves us despite us ! And then we can better pay attention to what He is trying to say to us ! So when you come before His Word again, when you sit in a Sunday School class or a sermon, or under a moonlit sky, grasp intently the wonders of God as Peter penned, “As newborn babes, desire (to pursue with LOVE) the sincere (pure) milk of the Word, that ye may grow thereby.” (1Pt.2:2).
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