Think of a baby fetus after conception. It begins the growing process right away. After so many weeks… there are changes. Check this out: “By 26 weeks gestational age, the baby has grown to about 9 inches long (crown to rump) and weighs about 1 ½ pounds. Fat is being laid down under the red, wrinkled skin, which is covered with fine, downy hair called lanugo. Fingerprints and toe prints, as well as eyebrows and lashes, have formed. By 28 weeks, the baby’s eyes open & close and the baby sleeps and wakes at regular intervals. By that time, the baby will be about 10 inches long (crown to rump) and will weigh about 2 pounds.”
So this is with the newborn Christian. During baptism, the person goes through what is known as being reborn. Born again. This time, of the spiritual nature. You are an infant in Christ seeking to grow. This growth comes over time and with dedication. You will go through changes as your whole life readjusts to this new way of living and thinking. We are all surrounded by others who are at different levels in their faith. We all grow at different rates.
It’s kind of like watching kids grow up. Some babies start cutting teeth at three months and others don’t cut teeth till 10 months. Some learn to walk & some learn to talk at an earlier stage than others. Some start to read earlier than others. Some shoot up real fast and some stay real small for a longer period. This doesn’t make anyone better than anyone else. It’s just that everyone’s body & brain develops at a different pace.
So it is with the growing Christian. Everyone grows at a different pace. But you shouldn’t look down on someone who doesn’t seem to be growing as quickly as others. You should never make anyone feel like they are something less than what they are because they aren’t at the same level as you. Remember, you may be further along than many others, but there are those who are further along than you. You wouldn’t appreciate being treated that way, so make sure not to treat someone else that way either. You must have patience, understanding and knowledge that this is how the process works.
Another thing, the growing Christian needs to identify themselves with God’s Word, the Bible. I like the format I used in a Sunday School class some years ago, for getting a “GRASP” on God’s Word. You draw an outline of your hand and then starting with the pinky finger, you write: Hear it (pinky finger), Read it (ring finger), Study it (Middle finger), Memorize it (Index finger), Meditate on it (Thumb), Apply it (Palm).
Knowing that this is the means by which God has chosen to communicate His truth with all mankind. It seems that more people should be paying a little more attention to God’s Word than to the TV, radio, computer, vehicles, money, sports, etc… I know people who can quote me sports statistics from 15 years ago up to the present about teams and individual players, but they can’t quote a Bible verse. And they have been “Christian” for several years.
As you continue on the road to maturity, realize, it is a process. As you mature, your patience will grow and you won’t be looking for immediate answers or immediate changes as soon as you feel you are more committed. We have all been there. We get excited about something and expect God to manifest the answers right away. But God’s timing is a LOT better than ours. As you mature, you will discover yourself looking at things a little differently than you did before, and you will recognize that it is because God has truly opened your eyes to see things as He sees them.
A few final suggestions for ways of growing: 1)Set aside a DAILY quiet time (prayer & Bible reading). 2) Get involved in a group study (Sunday School or Bible Study). 3) Get involved with activities that promote Fellowship.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO GROW!
Remember, I’m praying for you, we’re all in this together.