Growing

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.  For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.  But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.  When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

I Corinthians 13:8-11

In this passage, verse 11 deals with the fact that we are supposed to grow up.  It happens physically and mentally.  It should also happen spiritually.  If a child is born and then 10 years later there is no physical development, that child has a serious problem.  Sadly, there are diseases and conditions that cause a child to not develop properly.  There are diseases and conditions that cause a child to not develop mentally.  But, if a child doesn’t develop physically or mentally, we know that there is a problem somewhere.  It is the same in our Christian lives.  We should be developing, learning, and growing spiritually.  If we are not, there is a problem somewhere.

Usually, the problem that keeps us from developing spiritually is the problem of sin.  Keeping sin in our lives will stunt our spiritual growth.  It will keep us from growing up in the Lord as we ought to be doing.  If we have been saved for many years and still find ourselves as “baby Christians,” we need to examine our lives and deal with the sin that we find.  That will allow us to resume our “growth.”

There are many others things that threaten to hinder our growth such as not eating enough.  Children are famous for eating a lot because “they are growing.”  We need to “eat” a lot of the Word of God to grow spiritually.

Are we growing today?  Have we grown any in the last year?  Two years?

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