Grow • Devotion #4: Walk Forward
Michael Young | Student Ministry Intern
Growing up in a church, I was very fortunate to have seen many crazy things happen in my few years. I have seen amazing things such as loads of people being saved, baptized, and giving their lives to Christ. I have witnessed weird things like cheesy, lame, skits causing kids to chant Jesus from the top of their lungs. Even seeing a few youth leaders go into ministry in a completely different state or country for the sake of Christ. Being able to serve people in other countries, God can do some awesome and powerful things.
However, a sadness and brokenness can be found as well. In high school, I was a witness to one of the saddest things you will find in a church. An event that shook the youth group and caused a lot of distress. A friend of mine decided to leave the faith. He just walked away from everything he was a part of and hated God. I know what you are thinking, “What would cause someone to do such a thing?” It was something I personally could not wrap my head around. It was the question all of us had at the time while this was happening. The answer is brutal. He was an infant believer and never grew in his faith since being saved.
Ephesians 4:14 says, “So that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.”
The warning is here; the world is trying to hurt us and is trying to destroy every one of us no matter what. We live in a broken, messed up world. It wants to trick us and deceive us; that is the warning in Ephesians. Yet, how we combat this issue is growing and maturing in the Word. We should be taking steps in the right direction in our walk towards Christ. If we do nothing from the time we are saved, we are infant believers, never growing spiritually. So the question becomes are you taking your walk seriously? Are you working to grow in your walk with Christ? Are you growing in His Word? This is not meant to scare but instead encourage believers to equip themselves for what is to come.