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Growing, Changing, and Drawing Near

           From my perspective things change as you grow and develop. My mother told me my favorite outfit when I was 8 was a Scooby-Doo sweat suit. It doesn't fit anymore believe it or not.  When I was in high school my letterman jacket was always a part of my ensemble. That  jacket I adored so much for 4 years hangs in the closet at my grandmothers. Fashions change for us all as we get older. Recently I had lunch with one of the men from East Columbus and His wife. They showed me their wedding pictures which I enjoyed very much. My reaction was WOW, wedding clothes have changed a lot since then. Lets face it things change. As we grow and develop we marry, get jobs, have children, move out, and ultimately evolve year after year in ways.

           One question I would ask is how much have we changed spiritually, since the day we became a Christian? Logan and Melissa being baptized recently, has made me reflect on where I am spiritually. On Wednesday May 5, 1993 I was baptized into Christ It has been 17 years and 1 month today since I became a new man. What have I done in that time? Have I read and  learned the Bible from Genesis to Revelation? Can I teach a Bible class? Am I able to show someone how to become a Christian? How many souls have I brought to Christ? Most importantly after beginning my new life in Christ, have I lived in a way as to hear by God on Judgment Day; Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord”. Matt 25:23.

          As Christians are we changing and developing? Are we going from being a baby in Christ to being a full-grown member of His body? We need to be growing. The Hebrew writer scolds those who aren’t growing and developing in Heb 5:12-14 –In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil” (NIV) The ultimate goal of changing is to transform into Christ's image (Rom 12:2) and say as Paul did in Gal 2:20 "It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me"

 

          This is a challenge not just to the new Christians, but also to all of us. The worst thing we can do as Christians is to be stagnant, undeveloped and eventually waste the God given talents and potential we have to be great in the church. God bless you as we grow together. Let us keep the words of Peter in our heart " But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever amen"  2 Peter 3:18

 

I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice, And it told Thy love to me;
But I long to rise in the arms of faith And be closer drawn to Thee.

Draw me nearer, nearer blessèd Lord, To the cross where Thou hast died.
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessèd Lord, To Thy precious, bleeding side.