Today’s Scripture: But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. 2¬†Peter¬†3:18

It takes an oak tree 50 years to fully mature. It takes a mouse three months to mature. However, it takes humans the longest to mature. This is because no matter how much we feel we have matured, we still have a long way to go. In fact, one of the keys to maturity is when we realize we don’t know everything and we need to learn more. A survey was taken of preachers and it was found they began to really contribute to the ministry fifteen years after they graduated from seminary.

D.L. Moody got saved and began to grow in the Lord so quickly that other members of the church got upset. Many of them had been Christians for many years but had never done anything for Christ. Then this young upstart comes along who is so excited about Christ that he is devouring the Word of God. Some of the board met with D.L. Moody and told him to “slow down” for Christ. Aren’t you glad he didn’t? If he had “slowed down,” how many hundreds and thousands of souls would have gone to Hell.

When I think of faith, I also think of George Mueller. This man had an orphanage in England. Many nights there would be no food for them to eat. He would just sit down with the children just as if there was food. He would pray and ask God’s blessing on the food in total faith that God would provide – and God did provide. The children never once went hungry.

How do we as Christians fully mature in our walk with Christ? I think first of all we need to be excited about the Lord just as D.L. Moody and George Mueller were. If you aren’t excited about Christ, then you won’t grow in Christ. Let’s get excited about the One we serve…today!

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.