Daily Devotional for July 22nd
And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. 1 Corinthians 3:1-2
When Jesus saves you, His intention is that you grow beyond a new babe in Christ unto a mature child of God. Sadly, some Christians never do! Do we often think that once we are saved, there’s nothing else; no other experiences? Your life in Christ has only begun and God has a greater purpose for you than you’ll be able to dream of! The entire world cannot generate a greater purpose for you than that purpose our Creator has!
For most people, praying for the Lord to save them is the finish line, but it’s actually just the beginning. Jesus wants to do so many great things in your life! He wants your life to be a living, walking, breathing testimony of His love. He also wants to equip you with the tools you need in order to be a great light for Him in the world. He had spent three years teaching His disciples how to love people and how to surrender their will unto God’s will. He had showed them how to pray for the sick and preach the gospel. Most though they were probably mature in the Lord but Jesus said some staggering words to them “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.”
Do you consider yourself spiritually mature or still an infant or toddler? The Bible gives us some explanation on where we are in our spiritual growth. As with all infants, spiritual infancy is revealed in how concentrated my life is on self. If your life is still filled with your needs and your purpose, then you are still in infancy. Infancy is also seen by where our love is focused. Spiritual maturity can be revealed in how our will is surrendered unto the will of God. Remember this friend, God’s purpose will always focus on the needs of others. Is your life spent ministering to others’?
The irony of life is that you feel like you’re missing out on life unless you’re living for your own self, but the opposite is true. There is great joy in spending your life serving others. The disciples’ lives were swallowed up in the will of God. Loving God will always produce surrender to His will! Jesus told Peter “If you love me, feed my sheep.” John 21. Maturity is fully grown when your love for God is the only thing that matters and that you’d rather die than fail the Lord. The world so much needs to see God’s people growing into mature men and women of God. If you desire to be this for the Lord, then Jesus will go to work in your life and make you what you ought to be!