For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. – Hebrews 5:12
I can remember wanting to learn how to ride a bicycle without training wheels. I also remember when I first drove a car, by myself. I can even recall the first time I voted in a presidential election. We all experience “rites of passage” like these that mark our physical maturation, but what about our spiritual growth as Christ-followers?
While we were once ignorant “babes,” upon conversion, we should have entered the “learner” phase of spiritual adolescence. The sad truth is that many never move beyond these initial stages to become ever-learning laborers and leaders. While we would all think it silly and a sign of serious mental deficiency for an adult to drink from a baby’s bottle, we seem to tolerate similar spiritual immaturity among ourselves. One expected design that the Lord has built into the growth of His Kingdom is the spiritual mentoring of the next generation.
If you cannot identify any other person in your life who might be called your “student,” it is probably time to grow up.
Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth. Acute desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His people. He waits to be wanted. Too bad that with many of us He waits too long, so very long in vain. – A. W. Tozer
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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