THE IMPORTANCE OF GROWING UP
Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. Galatians 4:1,2
I feel compelled today to impress on you the need to grow into maturity in Christ which is the license to accessing your inheritance Iin God. Our text indicates that as a child of God, all things are yours but to access them you have to grow up to append your signature, not your finger print or your picture.
1 Pet. 2: 1& 2 tells us that some of the childish traits we need to put away are malice, guile, hypocrisies, envies, and evil speaking exhibited by newly born again Christians who are carnal. If you are born again there are things to put aside and in verse two it says you should replace them with new cravings. That is, just as a child requires its mother’s breast milk to grow, a child of God should start by taking the milk of God’s word first and then progress in growth.
However, it is not enough to have new information and no growth. A lot of us come to church, our notes are growing, we get new tapes or CDs of great speakers. You have piles and piles of their tapes and your library is overflowing with books which shows your library is growing but the question is, are you growing with it? You must never come to the point where you think you know it all. If you can do more, then you will explode and nothing can defeat you out there. You will also take your rights and privileges and reveal the glory of God in your life.
Like the Christians in Berea, take time to review some of the things you heard. Don’t just take everything hook, line and sinker, read the Bible, study and meditate on the word. Let it become a part of you because Christianity is not a religion but a life style. The reason for every gift is for it to manifest and be a blessing to somebody. So you see why you should grow?
FURTHER READING: 2 Timothy 3:14 17, 1Peter 2:1 11 Daily Bible Reading: Morning Deuteronomy 16-18, Evening Mark 13:1-20