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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday Sermonette - Life After Birth

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. Hebrews 5:13-14 NKJV.

A bunch of years ago, I attended a church that gave an altar call every Sunday. It was a small church, and everyone there had "walked the aisle" at least one time in their lives.

Do not get me wrong: there is nothing wrong with an altar call. But remember, sooner or later Christians need to get past babyhood and bottles--they need meat and vegetables. They need to grow past infancy.

Meat in this scripture section in the Bible refers to growing up, getting past being born again to becoming mature Christians. There is more to the Christian life than eternal life.

What does a mature Christian look like? I believe that all of us are given gifts. Yes, the gift of eternal life is given to everyone who believes in Jesus and what He did for us, but there are a lot of other gifts. Romans, Ephesians, and Corinthians list them, but if you read the Bible (and if you don't, why don't you?) you know that God wants us to use the gifts we're given to serve His church.

If you sit on the sidelines lapping milk from a bowl, how do you expect to grow? It might just be time to ask God how you can serve His people--what gift (or gifts) He gives you. Open them up and start using them.

Go for it.

Father, You are the giver all all perfect gifts, the special tools to pull others into Your world. Please show us what our gifts are and how You want us to use them. In the Name of our Savior and Lord, Jesus the Christ, Amen.
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