Hi all, I haven’t posted anything in a while but I figured it was time to get some writing done. 🙂
Last night we had some friends over, a couple with two little girls, three and two years old. The younger one is absolutely adorable (well, they both are), though most of the time you can’t tell what she’s saying (and she talks a lot). One of the things she did very clearly and very often, however, was to look at her mother and say, “That is my mommy.” It was said so simply, so sweetly, and with such certainty that I knew I had to incorporate it into a post somehow.
You know, many of us just “are” Christians. We’re Christians because our parents or our friends are Christians, because it’s what we grew up with, or because we got saved at Vacation Bible School when we were six years old. It’s like our faith is complacent. And even if we don’t realize it, that’s a big problem.
When we’re complacent in our faith, we aren’t interested in growing as a Christian. A new believer may think that he’s saved and that’s enough. Someone who’s been a Christian for longer may have read the Bible a couple of times and think he knows all there is to know. The thing is, there is always something knew to learn. If we’re willing to put in the time and effort, we will continue to grow for the rest of our lives.
But if we don’t bother to grow, our foundation is shaky. It makes me think of the parable of the sower.
The he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and the withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop–a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. (Matthew 13:3-8, NIV)
In this parable, the “seed” is the Gospel. The farmer could be anyone of us, witnessing to our friends or family or strangers. The parable describes things that might happen after the Gospel is shared. In the first case, the seeds don’t even take root. Next, the seeds appear to grow, but they soon “wither” because they don’t really have a foundation (“root”) in their faith. After that, the seeds grow but are immediately choked by the influences around them (“thorns”). And then, of course, you have the seeds that flourish–Christians with a firm foundation and a strong faith.
If we don’t have roots in our faith, the world’s influences will easily pull us away from God. You have to form a strong foundation by studying the Bible, attending church services and applying the messages you hear to your daily life, praying, and having fellowship with other Christians who are already established in their faith and can help you grow even more. If we’re complacent about our faith, we soon won’t have it at all. If our relationship with God isn’t up close and personal, it will evaporate.
Are you grounded in your faith? Can you say with certainty, “This is my God. This is what I believe in. I know that He sent his Son to die on the cross to pay the price for my sins so that I could have eternal life.” (John 3:16) Create roots in your life. Don’t build a wall between yourself and your Savior; rather build an ever stronger and ever closer relationship with Him. Make your faith strong.