Just like a new baby who is in need of breast milk, milk and later soft food to grow through various stages like crawling, taking a first step, walking and finally being able to run; so there are stages of growth in the life of a Christian. Yet again, there are other stages of growth…childhood, teenager, youth and eventually an Adult. In the absence of growth, a Christian becomes stunted which ‘speaks of one who can and should do differently; but does not…who knows the things of God, yet in some significant ways is still characterized by the flesh’.
The LORD says, “By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit” Mathew 7:17. When you evaluate your walk with God … what kind of fruits marks your life? Are you and I ‘fig trees’… full of leaves and no fruits to show? There is need to regularly check our ‘spiritual barometer’ to remain watchful and avoid complacency in our walk as Christians.
Maturity should be the set goal for every Christian. However, this growth is determined by the Christian’s ‘choice of path’. Some people decide to choose the path which meanders through high grass and wilderness hoping to get to the destination via a short cut; while others chose to follow the ‘Highway’ with clear markings towards a given destination, despite it seemingly to be a longer route. The disciples and apostles in the early church followed the ‘Highway’… the love for Christ amongst these Christians was tangible and there wasn’t a middle ground in their walk with Christ… irrespective of the numerous challenges they encountered.
Trials and temptations will come our way; however this should not deter us from growing in Christ. Can we allow these trying situations to propel us closer to God? When we remain faithful to God and persistently grow in our relationship with HIM; we will become overcomers today and thereafter.
“But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did” 1 John 2:5-6