HOW SPIRITUAL ARE YOU?

In the past 30 years, one-third of our children are testing with very high IQs. That is 140 and higher. What is God up to? Is He preparing for that generation to cope with our technical world? Some children are reading at the ages of 3 and 4. But we are seeing some of these geniuses failing school because they are just bored or lack motivation.

Having been a high school coach I learned that the best players were not necessarily the ones with the most athletic abilities but the ones who prepared the most. Those who had goals, persistence and discipline and who put in the hours of practice were the better players. Some with unusual athletic abilities were often lazy or didn’t feel the need to practice.

Statistics are showing that these young people today are more creative, more intuitive and are abstract thinkers or think beyond the obvious. Because they have more potential for knowledge, this generation’s is not necessarily any wiser. Another important fact is that the parents of these children are just average, normal people. Apple invented the Macintosh computer in 1984 about the time children were being born with higher intelligence. This is why we wonder if this is “A God Thing”.

With this knowledge, is it making these young people more spiritual? Polls show that they may be less spiritual. It seems that wisdom comes from experience and can also be a gift from God. Knowledge without the wisdom to know our Creator is not necessarily a spiritual benefit. They may not see the need to worship God and depend on their own abilities. In fact, an abundance of knowledge without wisdom can stunt ones’ spiritual growth.

If you want to know how spiritual you are, you may need to ask the following questions: How long have you been a believer and are you still in grade school spiritually? In the first grade you learned the basics. As you progressed your learning expands. Have you set a goal to graduate from high school, to get a master’s degree in Christianity or how about a doctorate? Many Christians are just satisfied with making it through grade school spiritually.

Do you have a hunger in your heart to communicate with God? Do you want God more than anyone or anything else? Knowing God’s ways are you truly obedient to His Word? Do you make time for prayer, time to read the Bible and attend church regularly? Do you sense the Holy Spirit checking your bad decisions? How much have your priorities changed. Are you disciplined and realize that what we do on earth is to prepare for eternity and what will be available at that time? Do you have a problem trusting God’s promises? Do you have enough faith to stop worrying and rely on God?

I Thessalonians 4:1 – 8 – “As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.”

Living to please God must be every believer’s priority. God requires each Christian to turn their lives over to Him. We are to offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God. We are told to become sanctified and holy. Sanctified means to separate ourselves from the world and give ourselves to God. We are told to prepare ourselves for heaven in the way we live. The Bible teaches us to let the Holy Spirit take our sinful, self-centered nature, our old habits and behaviors and let them be transformed to emulate the life of Christ. This should be learned in grade school. What kind of grades has Christ been giving you as you increase your spiritual education?

We may think living a Christian life can be done by accepting the do’s and don’ts taught in the Scripture. Christianity is about a relationship with God and our willingness to please Him. It seems many Christians find this hard to do. One of the strengths of my temperament is loyalty. This is probably the reason I find it easier to live to please God than those with other temperaments. However, I believe I have graduated from high school spiritually and have almost completed college. But I want a master’s degree and then I will work on my doctorate.

What are your goals? How spiritual do you want to be? Is just barely getting by good enough? We are told to develop the mind of Christ. Based on that criterion, what grade are you in? Are you interested in getting a masters degree?

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