Proverbs 19:27 “Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.”

We will never reach perfection this side of heaven. As a result, we must continue to learn and grow and be transformed day by day into the Lord’s likeness (2 Cor. 3:18). But if we stop listening to the truth of scripture we will stray.

God shows us this with our physical bodies. As we use our muscles, they grow strong and function the way they were meant to. If we neglect them, they atrophy and they no longer can accomplish what God intended for them to do. Similarly, if you feed your body healthy foods, your body will gain strength and perform well. But if you feed your body junk or not at all, your body will grow weak, you will be prone to sickness, and you will eventually die.

What is true for our physical bodies is also true for our spiritual being. As we exercise our faith, it grows stronger. If I feed on the Word of God, my mind is renewed. But if I neglect my faith, it will weaken. And without ongoing time in the Word, I grow deaf and blind to spiritual things. My spiritual mind becomes dull.

Sometimes I think that I can rest on what I’ve already learned about God. Sometimes I feel like it’s ok for me to just relax and stop pursuing God in His Word. Then I’m reminded, usually by some sin in my life, that I am in constant, daily, need of the Word of God. Thank you for your Word, God, that is living and active in our life today.