STUNTED AND DWARFED
Grow up into him in all things.
Christianity is never meant to be stagnant. We are intended to be ever changing, always growing, being transformed into the image of God’s beloved Son. We are like the rest of God’s creation. We respond to spiritual nutrients just like the plants respond to the sun and the rain. I often think about the trips I used to take into Costa Rica several years ago. The locals used to say the ground was so fertile that even the fence posts would grow. I don’t know about fence posts but most everything else would grow there. The climate was perfect. There was plenty of sun, lots of afternoon showers, and the ground was as fertile as anything I have ever seen. You throw something in the ground and it is going to grow. In many ways that is how the kingdom of God is. There is plenty of Son shining down on His people, there is the rich nutrients found in the word of God, and His showers of blessing are guaranteed. What could keep someone from progressing in The Lord? You would have to avoid His provision on purpose. Here is how Spurgeon saw it.
“Many Christians remain stunted and dwarfed in spiritual things, so as to present the same appearance year after year. No up-springing of advanced and refined feeling is manifest in them. They exist but do not grow up into him in all things. But should we rest content with being in the green blade, when we might advance to the ear, and eventually ripen into the full corn in the ear? Should we be satisfied to believe in Christ, and to say, I am safe, without wishing to know in our own experience more of the fulness which is to be found in him. It should not be so; we should, as good traders in heaven’s market, covet to be enriched in the knowledge of Jesus.”
David gave us some good insight about spiritual growth in Psalm 92:13 “Those who are planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.” One of the great keys to putting yourself in a place where spiritual growth is sure is found in this verse. What is the key? Get planted! Get planted where? Get planted in the house of God. The local church is intended by God to provide the proper atmosphere and ingredients for spiritual growth to result. Here we find the good teaching from God’s word that provides the food we need to grow strong in The Lord. Here we find the awesome presence of The Lord, this is like the showers of blessing that bring the rain upon the seeds causing them to grow. We also find the light of His presence as we walk in the light in fellowship with the body of Christ. Light, food, rain; we have all we need. The only way we can not grow is by avoiding His church on purpose.