Are You Still Growing?
Are you still growing? That’s a loaded question, isn’t it?! Don’t worry, I’m not asking about your physical growth…I’m asking something far more vital. Are you still growing mentally? As the kids have gone back to school, we have every expectation they’ll grow mentally throughout the academic year. We’d be disappointed if they didn’t. That being said, do we dare hold the same expectations for ourselves or are we satisfied with the last diploma we earned? Do we push ourselves to continue learning?
Part of our mental development includes a decision as to whether we’ll be influenced by any belief and pursuit of spiritual matters. Each one of us makes the decision as to whether we believe in God, the Bible, or anything else of a theistic nature. As this decision goes, our mind and soul goes. Just like eating, if we don’t feed our mind and our soul, we’ll starve and waste away. So, are you still growing?
A lack of growth was clearly a problem with the Christians addressed in the book of Hebrews. Consider what was written in Hebrews 5:11–14,
About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.
There’s no doubt we’re meant to grow. As we have expectation for our children, God has the same expectation for all of His creation to grow – physically and spiritually. While it’s His desire, He’s certainly not going to spoon-feed us. We’ve got to pick up His Word, read it, and apply it. Find others who are doing the same and grow along with them.
Speaking of finding others, you can join us anytime and especially this coming week (Sept. 16th-21st) as the Beaver Dam church of Christ will be hosting a week-long gospel meeting with Donnie Rader of Shelbyville, TN. We’ll meet at our regular worship times of 10 AM and 6 PM on Sunday and then 7 PM every night through Friday.
Let’s not starve ourselves from God’s Word. Let’s make the mature choice to grow.