“When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.” (1 Corinthians 13:11)
As a chidren our focus is often set on ourselves. When we’re infants, we cry because we want to eat. When we are toddlers, our vocabulary consists mainly of the word ‘it’s mine’. As a school age child, we wrestle with wanting to fit in or be part of the right crowd. While as adults we may struggle with some of the same issues, we begin looking outside ourselves and begin noticing the needs of others. As followers of Christ, this is simply a part of our convictions.
When we are born again, we come desiring things for ourselves just as we did as a child. We desire salvation and forgiveness of sins and this is good and right. It is at this foundation that we find life and a relationship with God. But just as a child continues to grow, so should we. Having been empowered by God’s Spirit, we begin looking outward, desiring to bless those around us. We rejoice in what God has done for us and then we move outside ourselves desiring to see others know what we know. This is reflected in our relationships and every other area of life. As we grow in Christ, we begin looking around for every opportunity to minister to others – just like Jesus.
“We should all be “growing up” in our faith and becoming less selfish and more caring.”
Heavenly Father, Thank You for life and Your love. Thank You for the forgiveness of sins found in Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit and help me to be open to opportunities to minister to those around me. Fill me with Your spirit so that I can be fully equipped to remain faithful to You and Your word. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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