The other night at dinner we had an interesting discussion. (We often do actually. We are a family of thinkers and ponderers. And silliness and in jokes.) We had finished our family Bible Reading and were discussing what Christ had done for us. (Actually if the truth be told, my kids would probably tell you that I was monologging because I get kind of excited about that topic and I REALLY want my kids to be excited about their faith too.)
In the midst of it my 8 year old piped up. “I kind of think of it like there is a palace and and you have to know Jesus to get in. Well that’s my simile anyway.”
I loved his desire to take these deep truths and find pictures that he could relate to and which would help him understand. I told him that was a really good simile of faith in Jesus. Then, being his English teacher as well as his Mum, I went on to explain how his picture could actually be described as an analogy. I explained that it had a lot of different ways it described Jesus and Heaven.
I gave a few examples like the glory of the palace and the fact that a palace was where you ruled from. When I had finished he looked at me and said, “I didn’t think of any of those things when I said a palace. Wow, it is a good analogy isn’t it!” (Lack of confidence isn’t really an issue here!)
This little guy is a thinker…and a talker…so I get to see all these processes happening in his head. It struck me later that this is often how God works with us in maturing our faith.
2 Peter 3:17-18 (NIV)
17 Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
1 Corinthians 13:12 (NIV)
12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror;then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
A Maturing and Deepening Faith
These verses do not expect that we will fully understand who Christ is or our relationship with Him. We are to dig deeper, to understand more and more but to realise, that until that day when I see Him face to face, I will never “Know Him fully” What a glorious day that will be. Until then, I need to be like my son and rejoice when my faith is deepened by an enlarging picture of who Christ is and all He has done.
Are you continuing to grow in your understanding of who Christ is and all He has done for us? One of the ways we disciple one another is by sharing these things with each other. I would love it if you could encourage us by sharing things you have been learning lately in the comments.