Where are you right now in your relationship with God? Do you have a deep and satisfying experience with your Maker? Are you happy about where you are spiritually?
When each one of us is born, we pop out into this big world knowing nothing about it. It’s not long before our instincts tell us we’re hungry, and thankfully since we can’t manage to feed ourselves, someone kindly gives us some milk. It’s good. It’s sustaining, but after a few months as our little bodies get a little bigger it’s not enough. So we get the pleasure of trying something new.
Some of it tastes better than others, but it does add new interest to life having flavor choices. Well, several months later and we notice that everyone around us isn’t having the same thing we are, and we begin to want what they’re enjoying.
Wow, real food. So this is what it means to be growing up. Now that we have our new mouthful of teeth we can crunch and chew all sorts of wonderful things. We are growing and maturing and it’s healthy for us to develop this way.
I am now 52 years old. Suppose I was still eating baby food and being fed from a bottle just like the youngest of my six precious grandchildren. You would have to agree that there must be something wrong with me. This wouldn’t be healthy or natural behavior.
Now, let’s draw a parallel between our physical development and our spiritual development. Are we advancing or are we remaining unchanged? Hebrews 5:11-14 “… of Whom (Jesus) we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again … and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that uses milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongs to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
In other words, Paul the Apostle was telling some of the believers – Grow up, you baby Christians. It’s high time to mature in the faith and be exercised by obediently using the talents the Lord has given you to serve Him. We should grow!
Ephesians 4:11-16 “ …unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, … But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:” We do this by reading, studying, and meditating in God’s Word. Then by exercising our faith, working good works, and loving others, we are becoming healthy and mature spiritual men and women. We are then fulfilling our purpose as Christians. We are reaching our potential as children of God.
II Peter 3:17-18 “Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness, But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”
I pray each of us will be more fruitful, grow wiser, get stronger, “take up our cross and follow” Jesus unto the glory of God our Father. May God bless you richly, and prosper you in all ways spiritually and physically as you grow up into Him.
George Randall Jr., is minister to youth at Rocky Ford Christian Church in Cana, Virginia and a member of the Mount Airy Ministerial Association.