One of the memorable moments is when your child takes their first steps as a parent. Babies don’t come out of the womb walking. They need to learn. Those steps don’t come easily. The baby needs to learn to control their body by rolling over, then crawling, followed by pulling themselves up, and finally taking that first step. There is a spiritual principle to learn in that process. It is being faithful in the little things. Learn how to take baby steps.
“He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.”
Learn to Be Faithful
Jesus lays out one of the essential principles humans need to learn. The principle of “Baby Steps” is vital to spiritual growth and maturity. You have to start small and learn to be faithful with what you have before being trusted with more. If you are impatient with what you have and are expecting more, ask yourself if you are faithful to what you have right now? Getting ahead of yourself will only lead to failure. Ask God what lessons you need to learn to move to the next step.
One of the most damaging things you can do to someone is giving them everything they want. This is true with children and adults alike. When someone is given every desire of their heart, they don’t learn to appreciate what they have and always want more. They look at their parents, spouse, and employers as people who supply their lifestyle instead of people who bring balance. Jesus tells His listeners to be faithful in the small things, and they will be given more.
Take Baby Steps
You can’t run before you walk. Be patient in the baby steps God is taking you through. Ask Him to grow the fruit of patience in your life. Be content where you are at right now and enjoy worshipping God. In due time, He will bring about the desires of your heart as long as they align with His righteous plan.
If your email inbox or social media feed is like mine, it is full of advertisements with programs for you to become the new you. Whether it’s for a revolutionary diet or for a workout program that will make you look twenty years younger, all of them promise more than they can deliver. Today’s passage challenges you to become complete in your faith. This is something that you can accomplish.
“Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.”
Grow in Your Faith
The Apostle Paul writes his farewell to the Corinthians. He encourages them to become complete, be comforted, and like-minded. The church in Corinth had a problem with spiritual maturity and unity. Paul wants them to work on these areas, but what does it mean to “become complete?” It’s not becoming perfect but growing in your knowledge of Jesus Christ. The Corinthians thought they were experts in a few areas, but they lacked in many of the vital ones.
It is easy to focus on a few areas of Scripture and shun the rest. People don’t do it knowingly unless it is in areas like end-times or spiritual gifts. (Interesting note, every believer is encouraged to be knowledgeable in both of those areas 1 Cor 12 & Rev 22) If you spend most of your time in the New Testament, commit to reading the Old Testament. If you lean towards good works, read a lot about grace and mercy. Paul wants you to push yourself to become complete in all areas of theology and Scripture. This will impact every area of your life.
As you enter the new year, challenge yourself to become complete in your faith. Read your Bible every day. Sit under the teaching of a pastor who teaches through Scripture. Listen to podcasts and read books that will explain what complex subjects mean. At the end of next year, you will be more complete than when you started. You will also notice that petty issues that affected you in the past won’t even register on your radar.