When my wife and I were first married, we met with a financial planner. Eager for us to avail of his services, he wanted to reassure us that investing was not complicated, but it was important to get started on the right path with the right advisor.
“I’m like an airline pilot. You only need me for two times during the trip, the takeoff and the landing. Everything in between is on auto-pilot!”
Although this seemed to be an oversimplification, I understood the sentiment. The most critical times in one’s investing life are setting up the initial investments and retirement. If one wisely chooses the proper initial investments, only minimal adjustments are needed along the way.
Could a spiritual relationship with God be that simple? Once we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, are we on “auto-pilot” for the rest of our spiritual life until the very end? Some people are fortunate to have been mentored by a very strong Christian, early in their spiritual life. But no matter how well-grounded one is, spiritual growth cannot continue without continual fellowship and mentoring. It is more than just minimal adjustments along the way. A growing and healthy spiritual life requires critical monitoring and nurturing. And when the time comes for us to go home to Heaven, if you have remained steadfast in your desire to grow, no guide or advisor will be needed. You will be ready. You will be looking forward to meeting your Savior!
Our growth begins with being nourished by God’s Word.
As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,
1 Peter 2:1
And we are commanded to continue so that we may....
...grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 3:18
Spiritual growth is not on auto-pilot. We need to completely surrender control of our lives and allow Jesus Christ to pilot our lives.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.