Cincinnati Bengals fans are disappointed with the way the football season ended in Houston. For many fans and critics of the Bengals’ success, Andy Dalton is the center of attention. News.cincinnati.com reports that the quarterback’s struggles in big games have some questioning just how much of a big game presence Dalton can actually become. Despite the criticisms, head coach Lewis seems most optimistic about the growth he sees in his young team. With Andy Dalton at quarterback the Bengals have gone 9-7 and 10-6 in the last two seasons, and it seems that the future is only going to be brighter still.
1 Peter 2:2-3 reminds Christians to “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation – if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.” While the Bengals continue to grow and develop as a football team, Christians in Cincinnati should be reminded that growth takes time and the right resources. Christians need to be spending time in the Bible and prayer, committed to a devotional life that provides the spiritual nourishment every believer needs. Just as infants need the nourishment of their mother’s milk, new or growing Christians need the spiritual nourishment of the Gospel.
Cincinnati Christians, especially while the year is young, should spend intentional time devoting themselves to the Gospel in order to grow in Christ. Like the Bengals, who need to continue to grow and improve, Cincinnati Christians always have room for growth into maturity in Christ. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit and his encouragement in their lives, Cincinnati Christians grow when they learn and apply the truth of the Gospel. Therefore, the challenge to those seeking Christ in Cincinnati this year is to be more intentional and invested in Bible based devotions. Seek the Lord this year with the intention of becoming more mature in faith, hope and love.