I am reading again, for the second time, one of the most formational books that I have ever read: The Grace Awakening by Charles Swindoll. If you haven’t read this book, let me encourage you to consider reading it. While reading, this particular quote grabbed my attention:
There are many joys of being liberated that some of you have never known because you haven’t given yourself permission to operate under grace. I don’t mean this to sound insulting, but I am convinced that some Christians would be terrified if they were completely on their own. Because they have been told what to do for so many years, freedom is frightening. There are people who want to be told what to do and when… how to believe and why. And the result is tragic – perpetual adolescence. Without being trusted, without being freed, maturity never happens. You never learn to think on your own.
Perpetual adolescence! What a great description. May we recognize that the Spirit of God can and will guide us in areas that aren’t clear to develop our own convictions, and in so doing,teach us to think. My hope is that we would know grace and the freedom found in it.