Growing is for Everyone
My daughter and I have been observing the baby geese (goslings) along the river where we run. There are various sizes, from the new born, fuzzy softball size, to the football sized teenage version. One thing they all have in common, they are all growing quickly, because they love to eat! Why were they different sizes? Some were older and had eaten more bugs and worms.
What can we learn from these creatures? We should all be growing in Christ! To grow spiritually, we must eat. Do you love to eat like the goslings? No, not bugs and worms, and not pizza or scrambled eggs either. Christians grow by reading the word of God and acting on it.
We too are commanded to grow. “Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord. 1 Peter 2:1-3. Every believer should be making progress in their relationship with God, in their faith, “Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all.”1 Timothy 4:15.
In Ephesians 4:14-16 we read about each member of the body of Christ show grow and mature, “until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.
Growth is not only for goslings. Growth is not only for pastors, leaders, or professional Christians. It is for all of us!