Growing up is such a natural process that we sometimes take it for granted. As the father of a seven-year old, I’ve been witness to a lot of growth recently; physically, mentally, and spiritually. This may be one of the most important blessings of parenting. And yet we sometimes believe that growth ceases once we reach adulthood. Sure, physical growth slows (except for expanding waistlines), but what about our spiritual growth. In reality, our lifetime walk with God is an opportunity to grow spiritually, to come into a better understanding of God and his plan for our lives. The church, the body of Christ, is strengthened due to this spiritual growth and if we want to present a healthy church to our God, we must be willing and open to let him spiritually work in our lives. The difficult truth is we will experience growing pains at times. The world will try to mold us into its image. We must be diligent, always pursuing God’s truth and wisdom and he will surely bless us with the talents and traits needed to best serve him and others. Read Ephesians 4: 11-16 (below) and see if you’re not convinced God is ready to help you spiritually grow into the man or woman you were created to be.
” So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built upuntil 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.
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”