2 Peter 3:18
But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever.
It is time for the church to wake up to a central truth that the Bible teaches. That truth is that we are to grow up as the people of God. I suppose because we are called “children of God” that some take that to mean that we are to remain as little immature children in the way we act and think.
Well, that just is not so. The Bible makes it clear that we all start out as babies, but, that we are not supposed to stay that way very long. In fact, in 1 Corinthians 3, Paul was amazed and even a little put out that the believers there had not grown, since they had been saved, even enough that he could talk to them about spiritual things.
That is the way it is in so many churches today. You find people who have been saved for 3, 5, 10, even 20 or 30 years who have no idea what is going on in the spiritual realm. I tell you, this ought not to be, there should be immediate measurable growth in a Christian.
You would not sit idly by and watch a baby go for years without ever growing and maturing any. Why, you would have that kid in the doctor’s office as fast as you could and as often as you had to in order to find out what was wrong, and rightly so. It is not natural for a baby not to grow, and it is not natural for a newborn Christian not to grow either.
Today, take a look at your own Christian life. Can you honestly say that you can see real growth in your life toward maturity, toward Christ-likeness? Are you more mature this year than you were last year? You should be learning constantly how to better appropriate the promises of God, how to defeat the enemy in the areas of your life that have been giving you problems. In all honesty, are you?