Yet the righteous holds to his way, and he who has clean hands grows stronger and stronger.
For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed; lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.’
until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
2 Thess 1:3
We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.
1 Peter 2:2
Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation.
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
I just finished the book of Hebrews yesterday! It was amazingly challenging and in your face with truth.
The end of Chapter 5 stayed with me as I see a common thread in the body of Christ today.
11 About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 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, 13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. 14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.
Yesterday the thought of “grow up into truth” kept coming into my mind over and over again. I started thinking about when we are baby Christians and are so hungry for any truth we can get and digest, and even if we can’t seem to digest it, we will keep on after it until we completely get it!
This is what I see happening though, Because truth is absolute and it does not move, we tend to water it down and attempt to bring to the babies level instead of challenging the baby to grow UP into it! So, when it is digested, it is not truth at all. We see this with many teachers today “acceptance of everyone and everything”. Should we accept? YES! We love people as they are and where they are but heaven forbid we encourage them to stay there!
Not too long ago, a young couple which I am friends with had quite a scare with their little baby girl: they had gone to the doctor, I believe for a regular visit and were met with the concerns from the doctor that their baby was not gaining weight. Now, they had noticed that she was small, but didn’t realize they danger that she could be in from not growing properly. The baby was hospitalized and all kinds of tests were run on her to find out why her growth seemed to be stunted. Turns out that she was not eating enough. Very simple problem to fix, and very quickly we all saw dramatic growth and change in the happiness of the lil one once she was challenged in her eating habits.
Now, I am sure, I am not sharing with a bunch of spiritually dull people and you can identify this truth with us in our spiritual minds,hearts and souls.
But, I have to wonder, why is it, that we can see people around us, or even ourselves in need of growing and yet we are unwilling to evaluate why this is, and then challenge our “eating habits”?
Would we see dramatic change in our growth and even our joy?