Grow UP!

My Aiden celebrated his 8th birthday last week. It’s hard to believe that he’s already 8 years old! In 10 years, he’ll be graduating from high school! My, oh my – how he has grown! Yet, how tragic it would be if he wasn’t growing! In Luke 2:52, Jesus increased “in wisdom, in stature, and in favor with God and man.” These are ways that we all should be growing.

Are you increasing in wisdom? When is the last time that you learned something new? I know the old saying is: You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” but actually, we should be doing things that keep our minds sharp. Whether it’s working puzzles or just reading a book, we should stimulate our brains to increase intellectually. We should also increase physically. Now – for children that would mean get bigger, but for most of us adults, it means that we should take care of our physical bodies. Are you getting enough exercise? Are you eating fruits and vegetables? You’ve only got one physical body. “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies” ( I Corinthians 6:19-20). Jesus also increased in favor with God. He grew spiritually. He knew from the beginning when He told his parents when they found Him in the temple, “that I must be about my Father’s business?” (Luke 2:49b). Even when He was approaching death, He was able to say, “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not My will, but Thine, be done” (Luke 22:42). What an example of faith! How about you? Are you growing spiritually? Do you study God’s Word regularly? How is your church attendance? There is a reason that God wants His people to “gather together” (I Corinthians 11:17). We should be praying for each other, and “hiding God’s Word in our hearts that we might not sin against Him” (Psalm 119:11) The last way that Jesus grew was socially. In today’s society, so much of our communication is done online, that we can go for days without actually talking with another person. You go to a restaurant, and everyone is sitting there on their phones, totally ignoring the others at the table. It’s really sad, isn’t it? I believe one of the reasons for there being so much violence in our world today is because we don’t know how to express our feelings in words. Communication is becoming a lost art.

My friends, we must be growing intellectually, physically, spiritually and socially. There are too many adults still wanting to be “bottle fed.” The Hebrew write said, “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that uses milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongs to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Hebrews 5:12-14). May ye “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” (II Peter 3:18). Simply Blessed, Courtney

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