I heard a story about a father talking to his daughter and her 5 year old friend, Christen, about birthdays. They discovered that he and Christen had birthdays very close together. He said to her, ‘Wow! Our birthdays are just 3 days apart,’ to which she said, ’You sure have grown a whole lot faster than me!’
Kids sure say the darndest things! But why is it that some people seem to grow spiritually much faster than others? Or why do some accomplish great things for God yet others seem to just fall away from faith?
‘...[God] will work in the life of any person truly dedicated to Him’
People will sometimes say: ‘I tried Christianity but it didn’t work for me.’
This is a ridiculous statement—we’re not talking about a product—we’re talking about the Creator of the Universe who will work in the life of any person truly dedicated to Him. But there are certain disciplines that must be in place for a believer to grow. Think of it this way: you’re never going to get to a point where you can say, ‘I’m not really into eating anymore, I used to be, but I’ve given it up.’ Really? You’re going to be dead pretty soon.
The same is true with our spiritual life—you can’t say: ‘I don’t read the Bible as much as I used to... I’ve moved beyond that,’ or apply the same to prayer or other disciplines. No, if you want to be a growing Christian you must:
Neglect these things and it’s only going to be a matter of time before you will be spiritually unraveling.
2 Timothy 2:22 NLT tells us:
‘Run from... youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faith, love, and peace... [with] those that call on the Lord with a pure heart.’
In other words, run from the things that pull you down and run toward the things that will build you up.