~Where the Abundant life begins~ by Mary

Mother’s Day, 2013, was an extraordinary day. Rick and I were given a gift beyond measure from our son and daughter-in-law. It was a fancy bag with a baby size hand knit sweater. Well, as far as I knew, there was no baby…that is until I looked deeper into the bag and found a sonogram picture of my first grandchild.

The following Jan. 23, 2014, Truman Jeffery Todd was born. We marvel at the perfect gift God has given us and we watch with both delight and nostalgia as he passes each new milestone—sleeping through the night, sitting up, crawling, taking his first step, and now talking, running and swimming. Truman brings joy from top to bottom.

I often hear parents say, “My child is growing up too fast, I want him/her to slow down,” or, “I want little “Tommy” to stay my baby forever.”

Parents really don’t mean it, in fact they would quickly grow concerned if their baby didn’t grow or learn how to do all these things.

That is how God must feel when His children fail to grow spiritually. Like a good parent, God is concerned with our spiritual development. That is why in 2 Pet. 3:18 we are admonished to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” The tense of the word “grow” signifies continuing action. God wants us to grow spiritually until the day we die.

None of us ever reach a point when we’ve grown enough and can retire in our Christian life. If we stop maturing, it not only affects our relationship with Christ, it also causes us to slide backwards into old patterns of sin and doubt.

In addition, lack of spiritual growth can lead to deception. 2 Pet. 3:17 Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. If we are not grounded in the Scriptures, we may fall for whatever new idea or experience is floating around in our culture.

Life is hard but God is good. Give yourself the gift of basking in His presence, focusing your entire being on Him and His powerful Word. That is where the abundant life He has promised begins.


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