I recently read the story of the little boy who kept falling out of bed. His parents tried everything they could, but each night he would roll out onto the floor. The story goes that his uncle came to visit him and asked the boy why he kept falling out of the bed each night. The boy thought for a moment and then said, “I don’t know–unless it’s that I stay too close to where I got in”.

The writer of the story then said this, “That sounds like the problem with some Christians. Yes, they believe in God, but they’re staying so close to where they “got in” that they are doing little for God”. Growth is essential for each of us as believers. Coming to know Christ or “getting saved” is a great experience, but after that we need to continue the process of becoming more and more like Christ.

We all know that a child can only handle few challenges in life. When major things happen in their lives they simply don’t have the maturity to handle them. However as adults we have the maturity to see the challenge, evaluate what’s needed and what is essential to meeting the challenge. As a babe in Christ we are often immature and only see things through limited lenses. As a mature believer our eyes see differently, our minds process differently and we remember that all things work together for our good.

Today check yourself and see if as a believer you’re still too close to where you got in.

Ask yourself about your own maturity level. Read Galatians 5 and gauge how much of the fruit of the Spirit He is producing in you. If you’re still too close to where you got in, it’s time to start reading, praying and serving.
As you pray today, remember our South Dakota Mission Team as some leave on Thursday and others leave on Saturday. They will be working in the city of Yankton, South Dakota partnering with Yankton Baptist Church to reach that community for Christ. Pray for safety as they travel and for God to bless their work with souls for Christ.
Have a great week and if you’re on vacation I pray that your time away is relaxing, enjoyable and you return refreshed and ready to jump back into life.

MDWMD,

Pastor Carl