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I Can't Believe How Much You've Grown

It happens to all of us.  We are enjoying our visit with family members or friends that we haven't seen in a while and in an instant, you are caught off guard when your little niece or nephew enter the room and they are not what you recall.  You have a picture of them in your phone where they are frozen in time.  They are still that youngster in your mind, but now they are all grown up.  Perhaps you catch yourself saying, "I can't believe how much you've grown!"

Not only have they grown in stature, but in maturity as well.  They are not that little kid playing with Barbie dolls or Legos; instead, they are tweeting on their phone or posting a pic on Instagram.  Depending on how long it has been since you last saw them, they may be planning to get their drivers license or they may have already pulled up in their new car.   I have a nephew visiting us this week and I am preparing myself to see how much he has grown since I last saw him. 

But isn't growth a natural process?  It is normal that young people grow up.  That is the way it is supposed to be.  It is refreshing to see the maturity that has developed in their life.  In the same way, spiritual maturity should be seen in all of our lives.

If your nephew comes for a visit and he looks the same after all these years, it would be concerning.  What about that Christian who has no apparent growth in his spiritual life?  They are underdeveloped spiritually and it leaves us asking the questions, "What happened?"  "Why aren't they growing?" The apostle Paul admonished the Corinthian believers because they were still acting like babies who were so carnal and spiritually immature that they were focused only on themselves. 

Timothy, on the other hand, is a good example of spiritual maturity. In regards to Paul's instructions, he told Timothy "Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all" (1 Timothy 4:15).  His spiritual growth and progress should be apparent to all.  What about you, dear reader?  Is your growth and progress apparent to all? 

I will ask you to contemplate that question and in my next blog, I will ask some specific questions about your spiritual growth.   

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