Encouragement note, December 2017

By Christopher Underwood

Have you continued to grow beyond first-grade Christianity?

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 1 Peter 2:2

The average student spends 40 weeks in school for 5 days a week with each school day 6 hours (more or less, not counting homework study hours, school trips, advanced placement). 40 times 6 times 5 equal 1200 hours of in one year to prepare to move from one grade level to the next.

In comparison, Sunday morning Bible study and Midweek Bible study account for 1.5 hours a week for 52 weeks (more or less, subtracting vacations, visitors from out of town, work, too tired). 1.5 times 52 equals 78 hours of general Bible study.

Each person who decides to follow Jesus Christ daily has to commit individual time to study, prayer, faithful obedience, patience, and love to move forward as a mature servant. It is true that raw study numbers do not always tell the story of quality study versus quantity of mindless reading.

If one has the heart to know the Lord then setting time aside to grow and move beyond the basics of faith to maturity will be easy. Make plans to move beyond 78 hours and closer to 1200 hours and watch your faith and the strength grow beyond your imagination (Ephesians 3:20,21). It will prevent the falling away that overcomes both young and old.

Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. 2 Peter 3:17-18

Have a great day