Our grandson is 14-months-old. Carefully lifting his hand from the edge of the sofa he takes one step, and then another, before tumbling down. I know he’ll get there one day. Some day, he’ll run and he’ll jump. He’ll wrestle with his sister, he’ll chase butterflies, he’ll walk side by side with his friends… But for now we find joy in the baby steps. The steps that remind us he’s watching, and learning, and finding his way.
I hope we’re that understanding when it comes to young believers in Christ. I hope we take joy in the baby steps. I hope we exercise patience, and kindness, and love. I hope we remember that we’re all growing in grace. And, in the same way we get grace from above, we give grace to others knowing the real work is in the hands of the Lord.
In Philippians 1:6, Paul writes, “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (NIV)
When Michael and I waited for our house to be built, it was little more than a mud pile for the first few months. It was hard to imagine that one day we’d be raising our children and serving the Lord within the walls of that home. Slowly and surely the builders continued their work, until it finally came to completion.
“Until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:13, NIV)
Until then, rest assured that it’s all in the hands of the builder.
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About the Author
DARLENE SCHACHT is an award-winning and NYT best-selling author. She is the founder of Time-Warp Wife Ministries, an online publication that encourages women to live Christ-centered lives.
Her passion for scripture and hunger for truth is the driving force behind a unique ministry that offers Bible studies and daily marriage prayers. Darlene is joined by her husband Michael on the daily podcast “5-Minute Marriage.”
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