‘The purpose of this is to no longer be children, tossed back and forth by waves and carried about by every wind of teaching by the trickery of people who with craftiness carry out their deceitful schemes. But practicing the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Christ, who is the head.’ (Ephesians 4:14-15)
Are you growing up? What I mean to say is, are you growing up into Christ?
From Matthew’s Gospel, we read the following:
[Jesus] said, ‘I tell you the truth, unless you turn around and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven! Whoever humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’
These characteristics that all young children possess, such as unquestioning faith, total dependency on their parents, and pure, untarnished innocence are those things which the Father desires to see in all of His children. However, He does not wish us to remain ‘infantile’ in our knowledge of the truth and our application of it. He wants us to grow up! To paraphrase the Scripture in Hebrews, ‘We need to move from milk to solid food.’ (Hebrews 5:12-6:2)
As we examine ourselves today, at this moment, do we believe that we are growing up, and becoming mature?
Day by day, are you becoming hungrier for the presence of God, desiring to be continually filled with the Spirit? (cf. Ephesians 5:18)
Are you becoming more and more dependant on God and not on yourself? Not trusting in your own abilities but on the grace of God?
Are you becoming more and more at home in the Scriptures, allowing God’s word to have the ‘run of your house’, or don’t you have time to read the Bible?
Are you overcoming sins in your life and becoming more aware of Satan’s schemes or do you still succumb to the same old temptations?
Most importantly, can Jesus be seen more clearly living in you, or is the old self still so apparent?
Obviously, in order to grow, we need to be fed, and with the best diet, too.
I would encourage you to look at your own circumstances as they are today and the place where you are. Ask yourself, are you being fed? Can you grow where you are? Are you being fed the right food (spiritually-speaking of course)? Are you getting fed with the Lord Jesus and with His Word? Are you encouraged to be filled with the Holy Spirit? Unless you are being fed, you are NOT going to grow.
Move on to a place where you can be fed so that you can grow up into Christ. Give Jesus the room He wants so that He can make a difference in your life. He wants to fulfill all His purposes in your life. Will you allow Him to do that?
Reflect on these words from John’s Gospel today:
‘I am the vine you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him bears much fruit, because apart from me you can accomplish nothing.’ (John 15:5)
Please pray with me right now:
‘Lord Jesus, make me fruitful for Your kingdom. May I live a life which is worthy of Your glorious calling. I love You because You first loved me. Bring me into a place where I can grow through Your grace to become the son (or daughter) that You want me to be.’