By Pastor Doug Cox
Just because someone knows how to play chopsticks on the piano doesn’t mean they are an expert piano player, but it doesn’t mean they aren’t either. The expert developed their skill by learning the basics. Playing chopsticks could have been part of that basic instruction of building rhythm, hand coordination and basic understanding of the piano keyboard. The point is you can have a kindergartner that plays chopsticks and a Ludwig Van Beethoven who composes and plays great masterpieces. Both are piano players, but one has matured.
We are called to mature in our Christian life. The Apostle Peter wrote how you should “as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.” (1 Peter 2:2) We all start as newborns in the Kingdom of God. We all start on the simple premise of the gospel. The Apostle Paul describes it’s simplicity “Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you–unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once. (1 Corinthians 15:1-6)
We all must come to Christ in the same simple way, with faith that Jesus died for our sins and rose again for our justification. (See Romans 4:25) That’s how it starts. From there we should want to grow in our knowledge of God’s Word, and our relationship with the indwelling Holy Spirit. (See Ephesians 4:11-14 & Luke 21:8)
Growing into mature believers will help keep us from being tossed to and fro by the doctrinal winds of men and the malignant deception of our times. Take Romans 12:2 as a personal challenge. “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what [is] that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Let’s do more than play Christian chopsticks.