Aging Can’t Do It!

An article by A.W. Tozer caused me to think on this subject. Although some might wish it would vanish, aging isn’t magical! There seems to be more than a few Christians who subconsciously “feel” that they will become better Christians as they grow older. They may observe that some older Christians are more devoted, more serious, more committed, etc. What they may not realize is that those who are spiritually mature didn’t reach a certain age where, all of a sudden, they became mature. Their growth and ours is not a product of physical aging. Only God can initiate and sustain Spiritual growth. His ordained means to produce Spiritual growth is through faithful involvement in prayer and the Word.  Studying, knowing, believing, applying and obeying His Word, being sensitive to the Holy Spirit, and drawing power and strength from the Throne is what brings authentic Spirituality for young and old. Those who are born again and who begin their new life doing these things will mature in proportion to their use of these means. Consider carefully, in sequence, these three verses from God’s Word: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth” (II Tmothy 2:15). “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and for ever” (II Peter 3:18). “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth is confession made unto salvation” (Romans 10:10). Elisha A. Hoffman’s hymn title is a question that each of us must answer for ourselves: “Is Your All on the Altar?” The lyrics explain: “You have longed for sweet peace, and for faith to increase, and have earnestly, fervently prayed; but you cannot have rest or be perfectly blest until all on the altar is laid. Would you walk with the Lord, in the light of His Word, and have peace and contentment alway? You must do His sweet will, to be free from all ill, on the altar, your all you must lay.” The chorus drives home the question and gives the only proper answer: “Is your all on the altar of sacrifice laid? Your heart, does the Spirit control?  You can only be blest and have peace and sweet rest, as you yield Him your body and soul.”  Selah! If we wait for Spiritual maturity to happen, it won’t! Use God’s means, faithfully, and you will find that you are growing into a mature and dedicated disciple!   Ron

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