Growing Towards Maturity

As I look into the face of my third child who will soon be getting his drivers permit and then joining his two brothers on the open road, I couldn’t help but go back in time when all I had was little beings around me, just craving for my love and attention….

I was a busy mom of four. The days seemed long and never ending. There never seemed to be enough time, money, or energy. But God always supplied just what was needed.

Even as a young mom, my desires were to raise children who would be able to go out into the world with a strong sense of whom God created them to be. I wanted them to walk strong in the knowledge of who their Lord and Savior is.

To begin reaching this goal, it took a lot of discipline on both our parts. As I grew, my children grew. (Infact, I am still in the process of growing. Praise God! He is not finish with me yet). There was a lot of spoon feeding and drinking of milk in the beginning-I’m referring to physical and spiritual growth. It involved stages like character building and disciplining, things we parents can relate to all to well.

Pick up your room
Study your Awana verses
Turn off the TV
Treat others as you want to be treated
Use your manners
Do your homework

The goal in the end was to have strong, mature adults who would get to the point where they would make wise decisions on their own, and they could go out into the world and live as mature adults. I believe this is what every parent desires.

I didn’t just want children who would do what I wanted when we are standing over them with a disciplinarian hand, but I wanted children who would have a discerning heart of right and wrong no matter who was watching them.

I wonder if God has the same hopes for His children. He desires for us to grow from infants, who need spiritual milk. That is, the need for someone to continually teach us the basic truths of God’s word and how it applies to our life. I believe in the beginning we all need someone to take our hand and show us the basic principles of what God’s word says. However, God’s desire is that we would all grow to maturity, growing as children who feed on the solid food of His word. I think the following verse sums it up:

“You have been Christians a long time now, and you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things a beginner must learn about the Scriptures. You are like babies who drink only milk and cannot eat solid food. And a person who is living on milk isn’t very far along in the Christian life and doesn’t know much about doing what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who have trained themselves to recognize the difference between right and wrong and then do what is right” The Book (Heb. 5:12-14).

Yep, now many years later, I’m here standing with my third son, watching him as he journeys on his last stretch of childhood. I get the pleasure of seeing him mature to man who will prayerfully feed on the solid food of God’s word.

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