"When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things" (1 Corinthians 13:11).

Everyone needs to grow up, including the children of homeschoolers. However, sometimes we make the homeschool nest so comfortable that our children stave off responsibilities they should be assuming as adults. We need to stop pacifying them with material comforts and encourage instead their desire to provide for themselves. After all, homeschooling means teaching our children to learn how to work, as well as how to think.

Sometimes we like our comfortable spiritual nest, too, and fail to grow into mature believers. The apostle Paul had much to say to the new Christians living in Corinth. He was looking for followers of Christ who were ready to feed on the meat of the Word; instead, he found selfishness, jealousy, and strife (1 Corinthians 3:1-2). The writer to the Hebrews was also concerned about the lack of spiritual maturity in believers when he penned: "For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil" (Hebrews 5:13-14).

What about you? Do you want just enough of Christ to get into heaven, or have you grown up in the Lord? The testimony of your salvation experience is not the only thing you should be sharing. If you are chewing on the meat of God's Word, your prayer life will be vibrant, and your testimony will reflect what God is teaching you in your life today! "But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 3:18a).

Lord, thank You for Your patient love that pushes me to trust You more. Give me a new hunger for You and Your Word today, so I will become the mature person in Christ whom You desire. In Jesus' name, Amen.