Jon Taylor – Lead Pastor
I used to hear that title phrase a lot when I was a kid – “oh, just grow up!” I’m the youngest of 5 kids, so my older siblings frequently told me to grow up. I wanted to. I tried to. But I just couldn’t make my physical body grow any quicker.
But we are told to grow up spiritually and there is something we can, and need, to do about it. In Hebrews 5:11-6:3 we read, “I have a lot more to say about this, but it is hard to get it across to you since you’ve picked up this bad habit of not listening. By this time you ought to be teachers yourselves, yet here I find you need someone to sit down with you and go over the basics on God again, starting from square one—baby’s milk, when you should have been on solid food long ago! Milk is for beginners, inexperienced in God’s ways; solid food is for the mature, who have some practice in telling right from wrong. So come on, let’s leave the preschool finger-painting exercises on Christ and get on with the grand work of art. Grow up in Christ. The basic foundational truths are in place: turning your back on ‘salvation by self-help’ and turning in trust toward God; baptismal instructions; laying on of hands; resurrection of the dead; eternal judgment. God helping us, we’ll stay true to all that. But there’s so much more. Let’s get on with it!” The Message (emphasis added)
On Sunday, March 23, I talked about the different stages of spiritual growth from the book “DiscipleShift.” They are: spiritually dead, spiritual infant, spiritual child, spiritual young adult, and spiritual parent. In what stage are you? More importantly, do you want to grow spiritually? What are you willing to sacrifice in order to grow? What do you do to grow spiritually? Leave a comment – I’d love to hear from you.