Letter To A Child
Volume 3, Day 364
Even at the end of his life, C. S. Lewis showed an interest in the spiritual growth of younger believers. Although in ill health, he took time to respond to the letter of a child named Philip. Complimenting the boy’s fine writing style, Lewis said he was delighted that Philip understood that in the Narnia Chronicles the lion Aslan represented Jesus Christ. The next day, Lewis died at his home in the Kilns, Oxford, one week before his 65th birthday.
The apostle John, in his later years, sent a letter to his spiritual children. In it we see the joy of a mature believer encouraging his spiritually younger disciples to keep walking in the truth and following Christ.
John wrote, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth” (3 John 1:4). Short by New Testament standards, John’s letter demonstrates the joy that comes in helping and watching the next generation’s spiritual growth.
Encouraging spiritual understanding in the next generation should be the pursuit of mature believers. Sending a note of appreciation, giving a word of encouragement, praying or offering sound advice can all be ways of helping others on their spiritual journey with God.