“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.” (1 Corinthians 13:11)
July 24, 1969 Apollo 11 made history and captured the imagination of this eight year old boy. So much so mom and dad bought me “The Astronauts” lunch box for school. It was always a joy to open the box everyday and see what mom had made for lunch. I was really surprised to find images of this same lunch box online and for sale. Wow if I had kept better junk they are selling for $100 plus online. Anyway, I am no longer a child and for the last 15 years my lunch box has changed, my appetite has changed. No, I still crave physical food, but the hunger for spiritual food is now a greatest hunger. My lunch box has changed as well and my Father in Heaven provides soul food every day.
I am starting this daily share to give a short, hopefully short, minute of encouragement. This need has come about recently because I have been trying to give encouragement to several different people during the day and I find I am giving the same words God has given me.
When I was a child. That is the key phrase and it speaks of maturity. Jesus told us that we must be like children to enter the Kingdom of God. Yes we are to be like children in how we believe God and take Him at His word but we are not to be childish in our ways toward God. We are to put away the childishness of immaturity in faith and to grow up in our faith. Learning to trust God. The way to do that is to let God identify the childishness that needs to be eliminated from our life and we must like the apostles ask Jesus to increase our faith.
“The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”” (Luke 17:5)
Sin keeps us living immature lives of faith.