Today is Josh’s 14th birthday and today I feel like I am getting old. It just seems like yesterday that Josh was a toddler and now he is fast becoming a man. God has blessed me with a wonderful well-behaved son and I am proud of the man he is becoming. NOTE the key word becoming.
In our household there is a major contrast when it comes to the growth of our kids. We have a 14 year old and a 19 month old. As I watch my children grow up it is an interesting picture. One is becoming mature, the other is growing into a toddler. There is a natural progression for children to grow and develop. A 19 month old girl doesn’t become a mature woman at 2 years old. A 14 year old is in the process of becoming a man. This is the perfect picture of Spiritual Growth.
As we come to Christ and begin our spiritual journey, growth is a natural process. We are babes in Christ and we have a progression of growth that comes when we are followers of Christ. We grow from infancy to toddler, from childhood to young men and women of God and then to maturity. It is a process of our spiritual lifetime. However, if we are not progressing, we should check our spiritual pulse. Something is wrong.
Hebrews 5 tell us, “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. 14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
If we have spiritual health, we are growing. Often the case is that we stop “becoming” and stop growing. This journey of faith should produce fruit that we bear along the road of life. We should be ever growing and always evolving in our faith and relationship with God. There comes a time when we should stop just feeding ourselves the Word but begin to teach others the Word.
Where are you in your spiritual growth? If you have been saved six months you are in infancy in your faith, but if you have been saved for 20 years you should be on your journey to becoming mature.