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MEDITATION - "GRADUATION"
BY BISHOP TERESA E. SNORTON
2 Peter 3:18 "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ"
The months of May and June can be considered "graduation season". We all usually know at least one graduate - be it from Pre-K, elementary school, middle school, high school, college or graduate school. The celebrations that surround these graduations bear witness to the sacrifices and investments that were made to achieve the goal.
The life is faith is similar to the life cycle of graduations. As believers, we are expected to make the sacrifices and investments necessary to be disciples and servants of Jesus Christ. We are expected to grow in the faith, become wiser with experience, and to mature in our spiritual walk. At each stage of life, we should eventually get to a point when we move/grow/graduate to another level. For example, there may be a time in your early Christian life when you needed the table of contents to find a specific book in the Bible. But eventually, if you are investing in the study of the bible, you should become able to find the books in both the Old Testament and the New Testament without using the table of contents. In the same manner, your ability to pray, to fast, to meditate and to worship should grow and mature.
I worry when long-time Christians say things like they need certain kind of songs to be sung on Sunday morning in order to feel like they are in worship. A mature Christian who has graduated from an "elementary school faith" should be able to worship no matter what kind of music is being sung. The ability to feel God's presence should not be dependent on external props and circumstances.
How much are you sacrificing to mature in the faith? How much are you investing in your spiritual growth? Like graduates who had to master certain skills, pass tests, and demonstrate competence, the Christian believer should do likewise, always growing, always pressing on towards the mark!
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