“Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,.” (Hebrews 6:1)
When our boys were little they needed a lot more attention than they do now. When they would finally crawl out of bed in the morning they’d stumble into the kitchen with one word on their lips, ‘c e r e a l’. They would sit in silence at the kitchen table, half asleep, working their way to the bottom of a bowl of Cheerios.
Small children are needy. Somehow it seems like they’re oblivious to the fact that anyone else exists in the world other than the person pouring them cereal every morning. And if for some reason that person was to slow or didn’t have the right kind of cereal, well, mom and dad were going to hear about it.
Thankfully, especially for our parents, we don’t stay that dependent and needy forever. Eventually we all figure out how to get our own breakfast in the morning and eventually, we grow up and become the ones serving cereal to our children.
Here’s the thing, there’s nothing wrong with children being needy. However, at some point, if they didn’t begin to mature and grow out of that stage, we would be concerned about their development.
The reality is that this is also true spiritually as well. Unfortunately there are many Christians today who’s growth seems to be stunted. One of my favorite books on this topic is by David Ravenhill and it’s entitled, For God’s Sake Grow Up.
Here’s a quick quote:
“The Church is now filled with believers who have begun in the faith – they can profess a saving knowledge of Christ – but who have ceased to grow. As a result, a spiritually stunted Church has been plagued by immorality, carnality, worldliness, imbalance, and lack of direction. Until the Church grows out of spiritual infancy, such problems can only continue.”
We have to remember that salvation is just the beginning point of our spiritual journey. The Apostle Paul puts it this way in 1 Corinthians 13:11:
“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.”
The reality is that God wants us to grow in our faith. He’s given us the tools for that to happen.
How can we grow spiritually?
We grow spiritually when we spend time studying God’s Word. We grow spiritually when we spend time in prayer, both privately and corporately. We grow spiritually when we spend time in fellowship with other believers. We grow spiritually by listening to sermons. We grow spiritually when we encourage others by being a spiritual mentor. There are many ways to grow spiritually, the key is we must be proactive. There’s no place for spiritual laziness in the life of a believer.
So here are a few questions to consider. Am I committed to growing spiritually? What holds me back from developing as a Christian? What steps do I need to take to move forward with God in this season of my life?