What are the signs of growth in a child? A child that is growing properly becomes taller, increases in weight, learns to articulate words, and reaches developmental milestones. One major tool a pediatrician uses in their assessment of a child is a growth chart, in order to see if his/her growth is according to standard. However, if they notice something is wrong, the child could be sent to the hospital for further testing. In our lives, are we regularly examining our spiritual growth and development as closely as we examine our children? In the epistle of Hebrews, the author expresses similar concern regarding their growth. The author writes, “You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food.” (Hebrews 5:12). What are the signs of growth in the believer? A child of God that is growing properly increases in their knowledge of God, looks for opportunities to share their faith and win people to the Lord, teaches and disciples others, attends and actively serves in a local church, regularly prays and studies their Bible, uses their gifts and talents for God’s glory, learns to walk in love, and seeks to live a life that is consistent with their faith. There are those of us that have been saved all of our lives, but for some reason we are not showing signs of growth and maturity. Thank God for His patience with us! In order to reach the world around us, we must grow. Just as a mother is with her child, God longs for us to have a blessed life and to be a blessing in the earth, but He won’t force it. We must take initiative. We must learn about Him and His ways, expand our reach, become stronger in our love and faith, and begin doing the work He has put in our hands to do!
“As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.” 1 Peter 2:2 (NKJV)
I receive Your admonishing to continue to grow up in You. Thank You for being so patient toward me. Help me grow in the things pertaining to You and Your kingdom. You are for me. I pray that You are glorified in me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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