Although at the time of the Seaway re-construction of Morrisburg, the above paving job was being done on Park Avenue on November 12, 1957. Today, this is the west end of Maud Street. Note: the side walk is in and some of the mature trees of today have obviously not been planted.
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It was only eight months ago that I was standing in a hospital room as Sarah and I were excited to welcome our new little guy into the world.
Jacob was born a healthy little boy, 8 lbs and 16 ounces. From seconds after his birth his eyes opened, and he began to look around. His life in this world was completely new, and our life with him also was completely new.
At that moment all three of us had plenty to learn. He would learn how the simple world around him works and we would learn how he works in our world!
New life is something very exciting, as we have been watching Jacob discover his world. He has discovered how to drink from a bottle, how to use a spoon and even more recently how to drag (crawl) himself across the floor.
While he has been learning all these things his mother has been learning what it’s like to have very little sleep, how to thoroughly baby proof the house and is always finding new ways to entertain someone with a very short attention span (to be clear, that person is Jacob not her husband).
I have found myself thinking a lot about how this new life is like our lives when we come to Christ.
Jesus invites people to follow him. As I read through scripture time and time again, Jesus is inviting people to follow him, and some of those people don’t even believe him. They follow him because they are curious about what he’s doing, they believe he may have something they need, or maybe they just wonder if he is who he claims to be.
Our little Jacob doesn’t know much about this world, but he is learning every day. We watch him learn to use his hands to hold something, use his eyes as he’s amazed by the flashing lights, and then discover how to get our attention by using his voice.
As we come to know and learn about Jesus we are on a similar journey, discovering how he’s created us for a special purpose. We discover that life is so much greater than this moment, the challenges we face or even the pressures that we feel. As we get to know who Jesus is, we learn how to trust him, how he cares for us, and how he promises to always look after us.
Jacob is growing up, we don’t have to tell him to. Each day he grows and develops a little more. His features are continually changing and developing. Sarah and I don’t wake up each day and tell him to “GROW UP”, or to “GET BIG”, he does this on his own as we feed him, and care for him.
Our relationship with God can be the same. As we learn about who God is and begin to trust him, we too will find ourselves growing into who we are created to be.
We don’t start in this world knowing everything or understanding it all, but we learn as we go. The same is true in our relationship with God, it’s a journey that we’ve been invited to take.
At MPT we invite you to consider who God is, and discover all He has for you. We would love to meet you and welcome your visit anytime. For more information please visit www.mptonline.ca.
Don't Act Like Such a Baby
Have you ever heard someone admonished by the words, “don’t act like such a baby,” or “act your age?”
Naturally we have an expectation that babies will grow up to be mature adults. We do not consider it natural nor healthy if a person does not exhibit age appropriate behaviors as they grow toward becoming a mature person.
But what about spiritually? Should Christians grow up spiritually? And if so, how does this process proceed, and what are the signs and passages of such spiritual growth in the life of a Christian?
In Hebrews 5:12-13, this admonition is given, “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.”
The writer of Hebrews is addressing Christians who were not what they “ought to be.” Having experienced what is necessary for spiritual growth they have retreated to immature behaviors, likened to a baby refusing to be weaned from the breast. They have not become skilled “in the word of righteousness,” and are behaving like babes spiritually.
Perhaps there are certain questions we might ask to locate ourselves spiritually, such as:
• Have I been a Christian long enough to have made more progress spiritually?
• Do I take personal responsibility for my spiritual growth?
• As a Christian am I behaving responsibly in my local church and community?
• Do I continue in learning to know what the bible teaches, and do I share what I learn with others by word and deed? (2 Timothy 3:7)
• Have I retreated from the progress I once made spiritually, being content to live like a baby Christian?
• Is my life continuing to be transformed by the teachings of the bible? (Romans 12:2)
We all know that chronological age is not always accompanied by the spiritual and mental maturity appropriate to it. But we must not surrender to such inequities.
Just two verses following the passage cited above (in Hebrews 6:1) we are encouraged by the words, “let us go on to perfection.” Teleiotes, the Greek term translated “perfection” in the New King James Version of the Bible, may also be translated “maturity” as it is in the English Standard Version. The same Holy Spirit that identifies our shortcomings is our helper to bring us forward to spiritual maturity.
Perhaps you would care to help yourself, or others, to become established concerning “the elementary principles of Christ” and “go on to maturity.” You are welcome to join us for a free, four hour seminar on this subject September 8th, in Morrisburg, Ontario, at the Riverside Recreation Center, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch is also free.
According to Ephesians 4:11-16, spiritual maturity is the will of God for His Church and each Christian. I encourage you today to continue doing those things necessary for genuine spiritual growth.
“As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,” and always continue to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18)
Rev. George T. Frey,
Faith Christian Center