Church, It’s Time to Grow Up:
“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head–Christ– from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.” (Ephesians 4:11-16).
Do you feel like God must have more for you? Do you feel like you’ve been going in circles, like you’re in the wilderness? God has something more for you today. He doesn’t want you to stay where you were at when you first became a Christian, but He wants you to grow. Church, it’s time to grow up! It’s time to leave the wilderness and stop going in circles, and to enter the Promised Land. Now what does it mean to grow up, to grow up into Him? What does the Lord require of us? Second Peter 3:18 says, “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”
When we speak about growth, and growing up into Him, we’re talking about growing in grace, and growing in the knowledge of the Son of God—getting to know Jesus better. Would you like to know Jesus better? What God desires of us is to grow up into Him. Like the Apostle Paul said in Philippians 3:10, “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.” That one question was the driving force that propelled his life and ministry. What is Paul saying here? I want to know Jesus better, and I want to become more like Him. When we speak of spiritual growth, this is what we’re talking about—to know Jesus better, and to become more like Him.
Charles Spurgeon, the Prince of Preachers, said this about knowing Christ: “Whoever has sipped this wine will never be thirsty. Christ satisfies, yet it is a satisfaction that never fills, but stimulates the appetite. If you know the love of Jesus, “as the deer pants for the water brooks” you will long for deep drinks of His love. If you don’t want to know Him better, then you don’t love Him.” To grow spiritually means to have that hunger and desire within you that says: I want to know Him more…
“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby: If indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” (1 Peter 2:2-3).
Pastor Chris Jordan