Grow Up

Believing in Jesus marks the beginning of a new life. And it’s normal for living things to grow. But growth occurs only through nourishment. No wonder God reminds us to be aware of the importance of spiritual maturity. Paying attention to the work of His Spirit in us. Cooperating with God’s intention for our progress. Ignoring a diligent pursuit of spiritual growth leads to spiritual atrophy—a withering of life and the choking of the potential placed in us by God. So, it shouldn’t surprise us that throughout the Scriptures God urges believers in Jesus to grow up.


Resistance Training

Our muscles grow stronger when we repeatedly push against a weight or force. Similarly, as followers of Jesus, we can grow spiritually stronger when we encounter resistance.

Stages of Growth

While salvation is instantaneous, spiritual maturity involves a process. It’s one filled with twists and turns and failures and successes. And each stage of our growth requires an awareness of whether we’re a spiritual baby, a young person in the faith or a mature believer. God desires believers to grow. That requires diligent cooperation on our part to grow through all the stages of spiritual development. No matter where you are now, the goal is to grow up.

Time to Grow Up

Change is part of life. And we can change for good or change for the not-so-good. In the language of the Bible, changing for good is called growth. It’s normal for living things to grow—under one condition—if they’re nourished. In other words, growth doesn’t happen when we do nothing.