Growing up

Date: Wednesday, September 19

Scripture: Hebrews 5:11-14

Verse: “for everyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is unskilled in the word of righteousness.” (Hebrews 5:13)

Bobby Knight, former Indiana University basketball coach, had a tumultuous relationship with most sports writers. He is reported to have jabbed one of those writers with this line: “All of us learn to write in the second grade. Most of us go on to greater things.” While he was venting his lack of appreciation for those paid to critique his coaching, we smile at his logic. We shouldn’t be stuck in second grade forever. We should develop in all areas of our life, including our relationship with Jesus.

I understand Pastor Bob had a great line in a recent Blueprint for Discipleship class. He said something like – Lots of churches will ask you to be born again. We are expecting you to grow up. The author of Hebrews would be proud.

Today’s passage is about just that. Apparently the church to whom this letter is addressed had some members who were not growing. I think that is also true of many of us. We think we know the Bible because we remember Sunday School lessons, VeggieTales adaptations, or if you’re a little bit older Davey and Goliath claymation. We need to revisit those stories with adult eyes. We need to move beyond the milk of second grade, and go deeper. Daily Bible reading is a great way to start.

Prayer: I confess, O God, there are places where my relationship with you has not developed the way it should have. Give me the courage to

Action: Open your Bible to your favorite Sunday School story – Noah’s Ark, Zacchaeus, David & Goliath,   the Prodigal Son, or another you assume you know well – and reread it.

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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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