Recently, we purchased new spoons and forks for my daughter since she’s actually using them now. The other day, I fed her extra sticky oatmeal so she could feed herself and not end up with oatmeal all over her lap. About half way through, she said she was “all done” and handed me the bowl. To that, I said, “do you want your new spoon?” She quickly took her bowl back and happily fed herself the rest of the oatmeal with her new spoon. It truly is amazing how exciting a new spoon can be to a toddler.
As I thought about this, my first thought was how many things do I have that when I bring them home, I’m so excited about them, I can’t wait to use them. Then after a few months, it’s old and not as exciting anymore. But then I thought about how this can relate to my spiritual life. You may be like me in that you grew up in the church and your faith in Christ can simply get old after a while. You may see new believers and think “why can’t I be that excited about being a Christian?” I’ve definitely had my ups and downs over the past few years. Coming back from Germany was particularly difficult. But God has used our new city to rejuvenate us. Scripture has come alive again for us and we’re learning so much about who God is and how we can glorify Him.
So, if your faith is like an old spoon, why not buff it up a bit and start using it again. Surround yourself with Christians who are earnestly seeking to glorify the LORD in all they do. Maybe you need to find a new church – find one that is preaching the Gospel each and every Sunday with people who are living out the Gospel each and every day. Maybe you need to read the Bible more – it may be painful at first, but keep at it. Make it a daily practice all the while praying that the LORD would show you things and I promise that is a prayer that will not return void. Scripture will come alive. Get excited about that old spoon again and you’ll never want to trade it in for a new one.