In 2014, we were blessed by the birth of a great granddaughter. She makes nine greats for us. She is beautiful and we are grateful for her. However, we would not want her to remain an infant. We expect her to grow and develop into an adult.
The Apostle Paul talks about this in I Corinthians 3:1-2: “And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able.” What a sad statement. Those new Christians were still babies and were not growing in their faith.
Our great granddaughter is perfect in her development for the age that she is right now. She eats, sleeps and coos. It would be sad if she never went beyond those activities. When we become new creations in Jesus, we are perfect for the age we are in our Christian life. It is sad if we stay “babes in Christ”, and never grow up in our faith.
How do we grow? The same way that our little one will grow. She eats milk until she is able to eat grown-up food. IPeter 2:2: “as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the Word, that you may grow thereby.” Read, Read, Read the Bible as though it meant life or death. Memorize it so that you will have it in your mind and heart. As you grow in the Lord, you will find yourself digging deeper into the Word; you will desire the meat that is found in the depths of Scripture.
I have heard it said that if you are not growing in your walk with the Lord, then you are losing ground. Examine your spiritual life. Are you in the same place that you were a year ago? Are you still a baby desiring milk?
Babies are cute, cuddly, lovable. But, we would not want them to stay as infants and never grow up. Jesus finds us lovable and He loves us as we are; His is an unconditional love. He does not want us to stay as we were when He found us. I think it is time to GROW UP!