When I was about 7 years old, I talked my mom into buying me a pet parakeet.
We went to the pet store, bought the bird, a cage, all the extras that I just had to have and got my new friend set up in my room.
I started out doing pretty well.
I’d feed the bird.
I’d make sure he had water.
I’d even let him fly around my room sometime.
A couple of months later, I quit hearing the bird squeak and move around his cage.
He was DEAD.
The sucker died in his cage.
Upon further review, my Mom looked in the cage and saw that both the food and water containers in the cage were empty.
I wasn’t intentional about helping my bird stay alive.
About helping him grow.
Many of us have the same problem with our faith.
We accepted Jesus.
We believed what we knew.
We were baptized.
We go to church.
But we’re not intentional about our faith…. it’s just in a cage in the corner.
We have to get intentional about growing our faith.
We have to set the time aside.
We have to be willing to guard it.
We have to know how to obey it.
Don’t let your faith stay in the corner and die, be intentional about growing it…
little by little…
day by day…
trial by trial…
victory by victory…
blessing by blessing.
What kind of intentional things do you do to grow your faith?