READ : Hebrews 5:11-14
We are sad when we see a person whose growth has been retarded by disease or lack of food. Children are supposed to grow. But their bodies will not fully mature without proper food.
Followers of Jesus Christ need to practice the teachings of the Bible or they will easily be tempted to fall away. Evil is strong. Hence, the need of maturity and a deeper love for the Christ.
In First Things First, Roger Merrill tells of a man who hired a horticulturalist to landscape his yard. He was too busy to do it himself. He constantly told her that he wanted flowers and shrubs which required little or no maintenance. He wanted automatic sprinkling. Finally she stopped and said, “There’s one thing you need to know before we go any further. If there’s no gardener, there’s no garden!” Spiritual fruit in a person’s life requires attention and care. Shortcuts produce small results.
Hurricane Andrew in Florida was devastating in its destruction. In a neighborhood where many houses were flattened, one house still stood on its foundation. A reporter asked the owner how he escaped severe damage. He replied, “I built this house myself according to Florida State code, using 2 × 6 roof trusses. I was told that a home built according to code could withstand a hurricane. I did, and it did.”
O Lord, give me the desire to grow spiritually. May I be a faithful disciple. In Jesus’ name. Amen.