Scripture Reading: Isaiah 8:11-10:19 / 2 Corinthians 8:1-15 / Proverbs 21:27-22:6
There are a lot of things in life that we forget but it is said we will never forget how to ride a bike! I wanted to know why and found out that neuroscientists have discovered a key nerve cell in the brain that controls the formation of memories for motor skills like riding a bike. The cell then encodes it in the memory as a newly learned motor skill…hence we never forget!
I’m certainly not a neuroscientist but I do have experience in mastering the skill of riding a bicycle. I have even graduated to a level of “instructor” as I have taught all of my children how to ride a bike. It all begins with a good set of “training wheels”. Training wheels enable them to learn coordination and steering prowess. Once the training wheels are removed, balance is mastered along with maintaining safe speed and using the brake properly.
I remember running along side of them, holding them upright and then letting them go. After a few attempts, they were off and pedaling! It took patience and training but I gave them a gift they would never forget! I was reminded of this when I read Solomon’s words, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)
We train our children in all of life’s ways but this verse reminds me of the significance of spiritual training. Just as a child doesn’t forget how to ride a bike, they also will not forget the spiritual instruction, influence and development they received as a child. We train our children with Sunday School, Bible Stories, Spiritual Songs, Christian Education, Prayer, and Godly Parental Examples. These will always bear fruit in a child’s life…when they are young and when they are old.
The Word of God impacts their minds and hearts…God’s Word does not return void. Jesus welcomes and invites children to learn of Him… Let the little children come unto me for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus even speaks of the quality and depth of their faith… Unless you have the faith of a little child, you cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
I’m not sure if there is a key nerve cell in our brains that engage the memories of our childhood spiritual training…but I do know there is the internal work of God’s Spirit that draws us to Him. The One who created us and gave us life is faithful to continue the spiritual training that was instilled in our lives as children. Don’t underestimate the Word of God…it is much more powerful than a brain cell!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!