A recent article in a scientific journal touted an immortal jellyfish species. When the organism is stressed or old, it can revert to an earlier polyp stage of development, essentially beginning life over again. The organism was dubbed, the “Benjamin Button of the Deep”, alluding to the movie where the main character grew younger with the passage of time. Of course, many scientists have speculated whether there is a substance in these jellyfish that can be adopted to humans, to also enable us to reverse aging.
For centuries, humans have pursued the elusive fountain of youth. As countless numbers of estheticians and cosmetic surgeons can attest, it can be a lucrative business. Looking younger and retaining all of our knowledge and experience would be ideal. But growing younger and losing the wisdom gained in a lifetime would be a tragedy.
For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food…
Hebrews 5:12 (ESV)
The writer of Hebrews bemoaned the spiritual immaturity of the believers to whom he was addressing. Instead of growing in knowledge, they were regressing, growing younger in knowledge and more naive in spiritual discernment, needing to revisit and relearn the fundamental principles of God.
We only have one life to live on this earth. Once we die, there will be no further opportunities to gain spiritual maturity. In fact, our rewards in Heaven will largely be determined by how diligently we pursued the study of God’s Word and spiritual excellence.
If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, your salvation and eternal destiny are assured. But the assurance of salvation does not excuse you from studying the Bible and pursuing spiritual maturity. As believers in Jesus Christ, we need to move forward seeking the solid food of God’s Word instead of being complacent, languishing in our laziness, and reverting to the milk of a baby.
Immortality is not just for some jellyfish species. Our souls are immortal. Will we chose to live in Heaven, showered with many rewards, because we diligently studied God’s Word in this lifetime? I pray this for all believers in Jesus Christ.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.