Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.— 1 Corinthians 3:1-2
In his book, Holy Sweat, Tim Hansel recalls how a close friend of his was asked back to his forty-year high school reunion. For months he saved to take his wife back to the place and the people he’d left four decades before. The closer the time came for the reunion, the more excited he became.
The day came to leave. Tim recalls how, as he drove the couple to the airport, their energy was almost contagious. “I’ll pick you up on Sunday evening, and you can tell me all about it,” he told them. “Have a great time.”
Sunday evening arrived. As this couple got off the plane, they seemed almost despondent. So Tim asked his friends, “Well, how was the reunion?”
“Tim,” the man said, “it was one of the saddest experiences of my life. It wasn’t what happened but what didn’t happen. It has been forty years, and they haven’t changed. They had simply gained weight, changed clothes, gotten jobs… but they hadn’t really changed.”
People choose not to change. They grow content with the status quo and live there the rest of their lives. But God has called us to grow, to break out of young, inexperienced ways of thinking, and to develop into fully devoted followers of Him. So for His sake, be willing to grow in your faith, getting a swift kick when you need it, and following Him ever more each day!
Pray for God to give you a “swift kick” in the right direction when you need it so you can follow Him more each day.
Questions for thought
In what areas of your life do you resist change the most?
How can you become more open to change, allowing the Lord to give you a “swift kick” in the right direction when you need it?