“When I grow up, I want to be just like Mommy/Daddy” As children under the guidance of our parents, some of us have said that we want to be just like our parents. Just as children desire to be like their parents, as Christians, we should have a desire to mature in Christ to become more like Him
Growth is development or improvement toward a goal called “maturity” (or, in the Bible, “perfection”). When one is “born again” as a child of God, he is spiritually immature. As time passes, he should develop the qualities or abilities which the Bible says characterize the mature. Many Scriptures describe the need to grow and mature spiritually:
Ephesians 4:14,15 – Be no longer children, but grow up in Christ.
2 Peter 3:18 – but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Just as a baby needs to do certain things to grow physically, so Christians need certain kinds of activities to grow spiritually
1. The desire to want to grow up in Christ
Philippians 3:12-14 – Even Paul, as mature as he was, did not consider himself to have achieved perfection (maturity) such that he could cease striving to improve. He forgot past achievements (and failures) and pressed on to greater accomplishments.
Matthew 26:31-35 – Peter thought he had reached a level where he would never deny Jesus. But that very night he denied Him three times.
1 Corinthians 10:12 – Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. Christians never reach the point we are so mature that we cannot fall.
2. Nourishment from God’s Word
1 Peter 2:2 – As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.
2 Peter 3:18 – Grow in the grace and KNOWLEDGE of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Matthew 4:4 – Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
3. Practice and Exercise
Hebrews 5:14 – Those who are of full age, by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Growth requires exercise as well as nourishment.
1 Timothy 4:7 – Exercise yourself toward godliness.
Like children, athletes, and musicians, we must work again and again at applying Bible principles to become effective in the Lord’s work
4. Time and Patience
James 1:4 – To become perfect and mature (entire), lacking nothing, we must have patience
It is no shame to be a baby, if you were born a few months ago. But if a person has been a child of God for several years and has not grown, he has a problem.
Everyone needs to grow as a Christian, and everyone can grow, if he/she simply applies the Bible principles of growth.
God Bless You!