Act Your Age
Jackie Love Prim
1 Corinthians 13:11
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I thought as a child, I understood as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
Well, I know some of you don't want to hear it, but school will be starting again soon. Even though it means the end of summer vacation, it is the beginning of the next level of learning. Who's going to be in Pre-K this year? What about Kindergarten? Elementary school? Middle school? High school?
In our one-room school house here at Warren Chapel, we are all expected to move to the next level in our spiritual growth and maturity. Every round goes higher…higher. Who's going to a deeper relationship with God? Depending on the Holy Spirit more? Walking by faith instead of sight? Increased discernment? Greater faith? More power in your prayer?
No matter what your level is now - there's always more to learn. But learning is foundational. You have to start with a basic knowledge and understand and build upon that. There's a reason that you learn multiplication before you learn algebra; you've got to handle prayer before you can handle power.
That's why studying is so important. That's why you need to come under instruction by someone who is prepared to teach. That's why you can't simply be self-taught.
Oh, there are some things you can learn on your own. But it can be dangerous to know how to do something without knowing what to do with it. Here's my grandson illustration of the day: this week, CJ has learned how to climb onto the kitchen chairs; but when he climbs up, he stands up on them. See, he learned how to get up there, but what he doesn't understand is the danger associated with coming down. Because he doesn't just stand on the chair - he wants to dance. And he hasn't grasped the concept of falling yet. Not really.
The Bible tells us to get knowledge but with all your knowledge, get a good understanding. It isn't enough to know how to do something, but ...
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