Growth is an inherent part of life. From the moment of conception, we begin to grow. Throughout our lives, there is to be continuous growth and change. Lack of it is cause for concern. Growth requires change. Change is necessary.
As it is physically, so it is spiritually. From the moment we are born again spiritually, we should begin to grow, expand, enlarge and develop to our fullest potential. The Apostle Peter said we should grow in grace. The Apostle Paul encourages us not to stay spiritual infants, but to grow up in Christ, moving towards maturity. The life of a Christian is to be a lifelong journey of growth and discipleship.
Jesus taught us valuable lessons on the importance of growth when he taught about the vine and the branches and their need to grow and produce fruit. For those who fail to do so, they are cut off and thrown into the fire as a useless branch. On another occasion, he cursed the fig tree that had not produced fruit as it should. We need to take warning from his teachings.
Just as a baby grows into a toddler, and then through the various stages of life, so a Christian should experience the same spiritual stages of life. Yet many Christians are suffering from stunted spiritual growth.
May each of us commit ourselves to a journey of growth and change. Let us not resist positive change for it is the agent God uses to get us from who we are to who we need to become. Growth and maturity take place through careful discipline and commitment.
It's time for all of us to grow up!