When you watch strong men contests on TV (don’t tell me you never saw one), or you watch a beauty contest (same thing here), you can see strong, lean, muscled and toned bodies! Do you think any of those people just got out of bed one morning and looked like that? Do you think any of the strong men could pick up a bull or pull a truck without ever having gone to the gym and working out? Can you imagine any of the beautiful people ever just eating with abandon without worrying about what they just ate? It’s something I think about every time I get hungry!
What’s the point?
People commit their life to the Lord and then suddenly expect to be Super Christians. There are people I know that have been Christians for a longtime and still can’t quote a scripture with the possible exception of the Lord’s Prayer, and yet they consider themselves mature Christians.
Let’s look at Hebrews 5:12 You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. Christians are growing older without growing up!
We make plans for everything in our life from what our next meal will be to saving for our retirements but we forget the most important thing in our life, we forget that spiritual growth is not automatic, just look at that scripture again! If the people had been growing spiritually the writer would not have told them that they had been believers so long that they should be teaching, but were instead still needing to be taught!
There are people who rearrange scripture to fit their particular theology, like making Jesus Christ just one way to God and putting other spiritual leaders right there equal with him, well excuse me, but Jesus is the only way to the Throne and anyone who has accepted Him should already know that!
Do we need to publish “Christianity for Dummies” to explain the basics? Maybe we should.
I have found that every time I read, even familiar scriptures, I see something new and different because the Word is living. The book of John opens with “In the beginning was the Word”, well dear reader that Word was Jesus, Jesus isthe Word, either way you say it is right!
Pick up your copy of the Bible, if it’s hard to understand get a translation that is easier, like the New Living Translation, or the Message.
Learn something from the new from the Word every day!