Book Shelf Characters

June 22, 2019
by Karen Milam

1 Corinthians 3:1 – Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly — mere infants in Christ. (NIV)

My grandfather made a shelf to go above my bed to hold my tiny collection of Golden Books and four Storybook dolls. In the fourth grade, I earned a little money here and there. With it, I bought my first Bible. I was so proud of it, and I set it on the shelf with my storybooks. I thought about this far-away God as a character in one of my books, because I hadn't yet learned the whole connection between God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit that would make Him personal to me.

I was a "mere infant in Christ". At that young age, I believed in God. I knew that He was the Creator. From songs, I knew that Jesus loved me, and that I wanted to be His sunbeam. From my child's heart, I heard — and I believed. I guess that was enough for then. How precious it was that our pastor-school-bus driver taught us these songs on the long bus ride home each day.

As I began to mature and make connections with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I realized that God is not just a character on the bookshelf. He is alive in our heart. Jesus is "God with us". Through the years, I learned from the Bible to compare stages of spiritual growth to stages of physical growth. To mature physically happens automatically, but to mature spiritually, we have to make a choice to follow Jesus. When we accept Christ as our Saviour, we begin to notice that we progress through spiritual growth as we learn and live God's Word. Have you noticed that progress in your own life?

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, we are grateful that when we search for You, You bring us closer to Yourself. Thank You for letting us know that You love us so. How great You are that Your Holy Spirit teaches us how to have a personal relationship with You through Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Karen Milam <karenbmilam@gmail.com>
Penn Valley, California, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for a good word today Karen!


    Ah, those sunbeam days. Great devotion, Karen.


    Thank you, Karen, for your message, Jesus is our Saviour,
    (Ontario, Canada)


    You’ve done it again! Another wonderful devotional full of such power, truth, and spiritual beauty! Thank you.


    Yes! Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us and within us through the Holy Spirit! Thanks for this devotional reminder.


    Thank you, Karen. As a side note, you and I may be the only people who remember Story Book Dolls!
    (Texas)


    Hi Karen,
    Thank you for sharing this lovely message. You are truly Jesus’ sunbeam!
    Blessings.


    Thank you for your devotional and calling our attention to making the choice to believe and keep trusting in the Lord and in His Word. In recent years the Daily Lectionary Readings have been so helpful.


    And because of the depth and riches of God, that is never done. At times I wish that I had learned some lessons MUCH earlier in life! But at 71 there is still much to learn. How sorry I feel for the man who claimed he’d learned all he needed to know in Sunday school (to age 12) and didn’t need any Bible study!


    Greetings Karen,
    Thank you for this devotional. Your mention of the Sunday School songs we used to sing brought back sweet memories for me. Yes, it is so wonderful that our Lord is ever near and caring for us.
    The Lord’s many blessings upon you.
    (B.C.)


    Thank you, Karen, for this message. I ponder my spiritual growth regularly. I have found that my biggest growth sprouts have been when I have been faced with major life challenges and struggles. My biggest being the loss of my parents and my wife in a very short time and two years ago I had transplant surgery.
    Following my transplant, the anti-rejection drugs sent me spiraling downward. For the first few months there were more days where I would have preferred to die from the anxiety, but as bad as it got, I was able to hold on to God’s anchor. The Lord did not give me a kidney to die. He gave it to me to live and grow. At that particular moment, I truly realized that I could trust God to see me through. I always believed, but this was the true test for me. Praise be to God forever and always.
    Blessings.


    Karen Milam,
    Thank you for your message.
    And we thank God for his costly-to-himself GRACE that is amazingly free-to-us. Keep writing.

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