Key Verse: Verse 4- “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
Key Words: in the nurture and admonition of the Lord
“The biggest room in life is the room for improvement.” Louise Leber
Mark Rasmussen writes:
“The status quo, “ the norm” , “the way we are” - these phrases are replete with the spirit of defeatism. The student must understand that there is always room for growth and improvement.
God’s Word commands us to grow “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). In I Peter 2:2, the Bible says that we are to grow from spiritual babes on a diet of milk, to spiritual adults on a diet of meat. The Apostle Paul, at the end of his ministry, was not content to rest and reflect while sitting in a prison cell. He asked his faithful follower Timothy to bring him the books and especially the parchments.
Even while his earthly ministry was dwindled to its few final days, this giant of the New Testament wanted to continue to grow, to learn and to sharpen himself.
Those who truly understand the heart of the Lord and the mind of Christ realize the necessity for continued growth and learning. This growth goes beyond the boundaries of academia into skills and character qualities as well.
My own father, who in his seventies was often still studying his Greek on a daily basis, memorizing verses, and reviewing the thousands of verses he had previously committed to memory, challenged me. I asked him why he continued to study Greek at such an advanced age. He said, “God tells us to occupy until He comes.”
So never stop growing spiritually, emotionally, and mentally!
What to do:
✞ When you stop growing, you also stop improving.
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