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Growing Up Means Growing in…?

Do you ever wish you were a child again, or are you glad you’ve grown up and had the experiences you’ve had?  Maybe, like me, there are some experiences that have shaped your life in ways you’d never imagined as a child. Some have been pleasant and some have been difficult, yet what a lot of experience has been gained and what a lot of growing has been done through them. No, when all is said and done I don’t think I’d like to be a child again. In fact when I was a child, I remember how much I wanted to ‘grow up’ so I could live a ‘grown up life’.

What about in our ‘life’ as Christians? Growing is just as important here too, even more so in fact. Along the way we will have experiences that will shape our spiritual life in ways we had never imagined when it all began. Some of those experiences will be pleasant and some will be difficult, yet what a lot of experience will be gained and what a lot of growing will be done through them. So, when all is said and done I wouldn’t want to be a spiritual child again.

But, just as it takes time to grow physically, so too it takes time to grow spiritually. God gives us new birth when we become Christians, yes, but we still have a lot of growing to do. I was there in the delivery room when both of our children were born. What could they do at that point just after they were born? Could they walk? Could they feed themselves? Could they speak or read or add 2+2 and get 4? No, not yet, but some day they would.

Was any of that on my mind when I held either of those tiny infants in my arms? No, even all of my best desires for them I knew would not be fulfilled the moment they were born. It’s the same when God sees us come to new life in Christ. Will our old nature never raise its ugly head again? Will we instantly be able to resist any temptation? No, of course not because we still have a whole lifetime of growing to do. God knows that growth will come and He is patient with us. But we must want to ‘grow up’ spiritually too, so we can live a ‘grown up life in Christ’

[Read Colossians 1: 3-14. See especially vv. 10-14].

Are you a new Christian? Have you been a Christian for a few years now? Have you been a Christian for a long time? My dear brothers and sisters, we are all still growing. Not one of us has arrived yet, so let’s ask our God to keep our desire strong to grow up and grow in Christ:

“until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” [Ephesians 4: 13].

What can you do to help growth?

  • ‘Feed on the word of God in the Bible’. This where God will speak to you.
  • ‘If 2+2 doesn’t seem to make 4 when you read your Bible, write down your questions and ask a more mature believer to help. Join a Bible Study group or make a time to study with a friend.
  • When 2+2 do make 4 write it down and thank God for what He’s shown you. Share what you’ve learned with others.
  • Don’t give up seeking to grow.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT.

‘To grow is to emerge gradually from a life where our vision is limited; into a life where God’s vision for us is unlimited.’ [See Ephesians 3: 20-21].

 GROWING UP MEANS GROWING IN CHRIST.

 Want to know more? Why not contact us? We’d love to hear from you.

 Growing in Him together,

Pastor Frank.




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