by Pastor Tim Burt
I have memories of my mom feeding my younger siblings as infants. I'd occasionally help her. I remember her constantly preparing baby bottles of milk and then eventually feeding them Pablum – an infant cereal. In the beginning of one’s new walk with Jesus, milk and Pablum is what is normal. We see that in 1 Peter 2:2. It says, “Just like new-born babies, desire and crave for the milk of God’s Word so that you can grow up in the knowledge of your salvation.” God lets us know that what He considers to be a normal part of the Christ-life, is to grow up. We aren't to remain like infants that need to be breastfed or fed Pablum all their life. We are to grow up in spiritual knowledge and understanding. Too often, Christians don't spiritually mature as they should.
Children were designed to be fed every day. Our society is designed to instruct and teach children in order that they may intellectually grow up. But, when it comes to Christians and their spiritual growth, we've got starving babies – people that don’t go to church or read or study their Bibles. We've got Christians who don’t pursue an intimate relationship with God through prayer or make the effort to live by His Word. That problem has existed throughout every generation. The Apostle Paul in addressing the Christians at the church of Corinth said, “I fed you with milk and not with solid food because, like babies, you still can’t handle anything stronger.” (1 Corinthians 3:2) He was telling them that had not spiritually grown enough for Him to speak at a level he needed to speak to them at. They were still like babies on Pablum.
Each of us has a God-given destiny. By that, I don’t mean something that's going to make headlines or put you in history books. What I do mean is that God has a great purpose for your life. He wants you to significantly influence and impact the lives of others in the earth. But, infants don’t go from breast milk to steak and Christians don’t instantly mature and fulfill their destiny. In God’s plan for our destiny we spiritually grow and mature. Even Jesus was born and matured into the fulfillment of His destiny. Destiny is a day-by-day and step-by-step path of growing up in Christ while learning first to learn and live by God’s values, and then influencing other toward them. It is God’s will that all men be saved from eternal damnation. He has paved the way and opened the entrance of Heaven for any and everyone through Jesus Christ. It’s a gift we know and understand. We hold knowledge of the greatest secret ever revealed to mankind. God does not want it to remain a secret. He wants us to be influencers of this truth.
God also wants every believer to spiritually grow up and become contributors to His plan to reach and influence others with His love. Getting dragged down into the sinful activity and degradation that permeates this earth is the opposite of His plan and yet many Christians have been sucked into it, abandoning their faith. God speaks to that in Isaiah 65:11 (Message Bible) "But you who abandon me your God… who hold dinners for Lady Luck and throw cocktail parties for Sir Fate, Well, you asked for it. Fate it will be: your destiny, Death. For when I invited you, you ignored me; when I spoke to you, you brushed me off. You did the very things I exposed as evil; you chose what I hate."
Destiny is realized through our growth and maturity and developed as we walk out God's values. That means God first wants us to have a vision for learning His word and ways, and with His help, figuring how to walk them out in our life. He then wants us to learn how to share them with others so that we can help others grow up in Him. He wants us to become disciples and then become disciple makers. These are the first two core values that lead us in our God-given destiny. Our destiny will never be a blueprint that we've seen and known in advance. Our destiny is like a rose. It unfolds and gets more beautiful! It's an unfolding plan that God reveals little by little as He leads you there. And you can only be led there if you pursue these two core values of first becoming a disciple and becoming a disciple maker.
Deuteronomy 30:19-20 (NKJV) says, "I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days..."
You have a destiny in the big picture of God. He wants a life of significance and blessing – the life everyone dreams of for you! He want it for you more than you want it for you. But He can only lead you there. It's up to you to take hold of it, choose life, grow and mature, and walk it out!
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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