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A DESIRE TO GROW
We will NEVER grow, unless we have a desire to grow.
In the physical state, children WANT to grow. "I can't wait until I am 16 so I can drive."
Parents and kids become very excited when kids learn something new: the first step, first word, dress themselves, tie their shoes, etc. Everyone wants them to develop new abilities. It should be the same way in spiritual matters, TRUE Christians must WANT to grow. 1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: (KJV)
Some Christians seem to like being spiritual babies. They do not seem to WANT to grow. It is much easier to be a baby . . . NO responsibility! Others feed you, clothe you, change your diaper. In the church, you do not have to teach, rebuke sin, or do any work. But being a baby is not the goal of life for a TRUE Christian! We are born physical babies so we can grow up and be productive and useful. Likewise, we are born again, so we can become mature Christians, actively and willingly serving the Lord, our Master.
One of the major conditions for becoming a child of God (Jn.1:12-13; 3:3-8), is repentance. Repent ye: (Mat.3:2; Mk.1:15; Lk.13:3,5; Acts 2:38; 3:19). A TRUE child of God must be determined to turn away from sin and go to work in God's vineyard (Mat.20:1-16). Then one must bring forth the fruits of repentance (Lk.3:8). We must grow and improve in God's work, or we have not accomplished our purpose for becoming children of God.
1 Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: (KJV) . . . the Lord Jesus set an example for us, and we should follow in His steps. We need to ask ourselves, "Don't I want to grow and be spiritually strong like Jesus?"
We must maintain this desire to grow.
Some Christians who once wanted to grow, may lose that desire. They may start off on fire for the Lord, but lose their enthusiasm, their passion. Aided by the devil, they develop a spirit of indifference or negligence, while others come to a certain level of maturity and go stale. They seem quite satisfied, thinking “I do not need to grow any more.” But . . . they are wrong! They DO need to continue in their growth according to the Bible.
The Scriptures teach that growth is always needed.
Phil. 3:12-14 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (KJV) . . . Even Paul, as mature as he was, did not consider himself to have achieved perfection (maturity) so that he could stop trying to improve. He forgot past achievements (and failures) and pressed on to greater things.
Matthew 26:31-35 Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. 32 But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee. 33 Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended. 34 Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. 35 Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples. (KJV) . . . Peter thought he had reached a level where he would never deny Jesus. He was wrong! That very night he denied Jesus three times.
1 Cor.10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. (KJV) . . . Let those who think they can stand, be very careful lest he fall. My friend, NO Christian shall ever reach the point where we are SO mature, SO perfect, that we cannot fall. BEWARE!!! We must stay CLOSE to the Lord! We must keep growing in Him!
Many Christians do not grow because they do not think they NEED to keep growing. They have no desire to work for the Lord, no desire to serve Him to the full extent of their ability. It is ONLY when people develop a deep, burning hunger and thirst to work for the Lord, that they will develop further steps they need to grow. Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. (KJV)
Do you have that burning desire to do more for the Lord . . . or is there no desire there any more and you have decided you have grown enough? BEWARE!!!
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