“6-week old baby runs in Boston Marathon”
“2-year old allowed driving test for license”
“Toddler surprise gold-medal winner at national track and field event”
We read these headlines and assume two things: they came from National Enquirer or Star and they are false.
Why do we believe these to be false? Because we know that kids of that age could not have accomplished those feats yet. It is not to say they could not accomplish them later in life, but just not right now. There must be training, skill and acumen to accomplish such feats.
It is a process!
You would be right. The same is true in our spiritual life. There is a process of growth and development. We expect, as youth and adults, that we can somehow skip steps and stages. We don’t have to read our Bible to know God’s plan, we think. We don’t have to go to church to be close to God, we assume. We don’t have to live pure lives to receive blessing because God loves us just as we are. We have come to the false conclusion that purity does not matter, both in action and in vocabulary. We have come to believe that God does not really care. He does!
Why are our lives so difficult? Why do we stumble through decisions? Why are our families breaking apart? Why does the money not last? The answer lies right in front of us. Our lives revolve around the initiation, development, and maintenance of a relationship with God.
It’s a process!
Just like our physical development of turning over, sitting up, crawling, walking, and then running we cannot soar with the eagles until we have learned how to fly. Flying school does not happen in the worship service on Sunday mornings. Flying school happens during continuing education and lifestyle adjustments. When we initiated the relationship through faith in Jesus Christ our lives were to be transformed. This involves two items: initial change and constant rearrangement. The initial change occurs when you place your faith in the person and action of Jesus Christ. The rearrangement is choosing to follow God’s plan for your life. I choose to rearrange my life so worship, communication, education, serving others, and sharing Jesus become the hinges on which the rest of life is hung.
We work through processes in every arena of life. Let us make good use of the spiritual processes in place and grow together so that we love God and others more.
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires. In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.