I’ve been around church almost since I was born. I’ve always heard about God, heard about the dos and don’ts of the Christian faith. So much so that I thought I had it all together. I thought I was in such a relationship with Jesus that I was unshakeable. Well, I was wrong. It happened that at a certain point in my life I’ve started backsliding, little by little until I completely walked away from my faith. My choices made me become a version of myself that I was a thousand miles away from imagining possible. Coming back to myself and realizing that I was on a bad path wasn’t that easy. Things that have always been natural to me weren’t anymore. I was ok being a baby Christian.
“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.”
1 Peter 2:2 (KJV)
God loves me and takes me just the way I am. He doesn’t require anything from me to love me. He loves me because He does. Period. But, There’s so much more to this! There’s so much more to experience and to live with Jesus. And it takes growing up to do so. It takes going deep into the communion with God. The truth is that we don’t belong to ourselves. God created us sent us on this earth to accomplish good works. Only in doing so, do we find our fulfillment and the true expression of who we really are. But by remaining a baby Christian we may miss our purpose. We may never come to realize all the work that has been prepared for us to do. We are clearly saved. Yes. But our lives may not be profitable to The One who created us for Himself.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
Growing in your faith doesn’t all of a sudden means that you reach a point where you don’t need God anymore. NO!
What do I mean by growing up?
Growing up means you become so dependent on God that you are aware of the fact that you cannot do anything without Him.
For me growing up as a Christian is becoming more like Jesus. Clear He is the one I’ve given my life to. I have decided to follow Him. My aim is to be like Him. I have accepted His Lordship over my life. What it implies to me is a complete shifting in my way of living. Deciding to do what He wants from me.
Think of it this way. If a father dies and leaves an inheritance for his young children, those children are not much better off than slaves until they grow up, even though they actually own everything their father had.
Galatians 4:1 (NLT)
There is so much more to this life!
God never intended for us to go through this life alone, trying, struggling to figure out what is there to do. We need to start investing in our spiritual growth.
The same ways our physical parents did for us when we were young by being there and providing us things we need in order to stay healthy and grow, God, is there for us providing for our spiritual growth. But we need to open our mouth, open our hands, open up our hearts, our lives, and our schedules, to actually receive God’s supply for our growth.