School is out for most of us in the area and as I look back at the beginning of the school year, my wife and I sent our youngest son off to begin his adventures in preschool last September. At this point in his life all he has ever known is being at home, playing with toys, and being with his mom who would take care of all of his needs and wants. Preschool would be a big step for my son and change his world as he once knew it.
As we talked to our son about going to preschool months before his first class, he was excited about going to school, but then as time got closer that excitement was going away. I think it was starting to sink in that his life would change and that he wouldn’t have his mom or dad to be there for him. He was seeing the “easy” life going away.
Spiritually, this is what a child looks like in our walk with God. We experience the conversion to Christ but yet we don’t want to let go of the world or the things we know. We lack wisdom, strength, insight, and purpose as a new Christ follower. We may go to church, but we don’t want the responsibility of what it means to be a part of the church or more importantly to go beyond the elementary teachings of the bible and start to mature. We listen to the Word of God but we don’t do what it says. We are used to the old way of doing things and have hard time of letting go of what we know is comfortable for us.
With my son, we would drop him off and he was scared to go to school. He wasn’t sure what to expect and who would take care of him.
What if he wanted a snack? What if he had to go to the bathroom? What if he wanted to watch TV?
He didn’t cry, but he resisted and had a frightened look on his face as we dropped him off. As parents we left him there for school but just a few hours later we would drive back to school to pick him up. Our son would come out of class at the end of the day and then see his mother and would have a sigh of relief on his face that we came back for him. It was scary to be alone but now there was that security that he knew at the end of the day.
Hebrews 6:1 says Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity…
There is a point in our walk with Christ where we leave those “childish” things behind and move towards maturity in Christ. God our father lets us go to “school” to learn, read, gain wisdom, insight, build our faith, etc… but at the end of the day we have the comfort of his shelter and security. No matter how scared we are, we have his shelter and security at the end of the day. For my son at the end of the school year he is much wiser, confident, and happy to go to school. This is where we want to be at in our walk with Christ, that we are wiser and confident in Christ and that his Spirit lives in us to teach us and we know his voice.
This summer we are going through the book of James and part of the calling in James is:
“Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
“Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
Let’s move beyond what is comfortable and dare to live out our faith. Come join us Sundays throughout the summer and don’t be afraid to leave the “toys” behind. Trust God, it’s okay to let go, it’s okay to grow.