Sunday, October 17, 2021
I’m asking you to look up 1st John 2:12-14, because the length of the verses will not allow me the space to write what I need to write. Here in these verses we find Brother John writing about growth in stages. When a baby is born biologically he has everything he needs for adulthood. He just has to grow into it.
The same is true with our spiritual progress or if you prefer spiritual growth. Godly growth is a providential journey of becoming with what we already are. These verses do not refer to ages as much as to stages of godly development. As infants, or “little children,” we are excited about the newness of a relationship with God. But as we feed on the milk of the Word (1st Peter 2:2), we see that there is more to salvation than the forgiveness of our sins. We grow beyond our infancy into young adult lives of challenge and victory as people who live daily by faith (2nd Corinthians 5:7).
Finally, “fatherhood” is that designation given to saints who have come to know God as a friend. Fathers know the joy and peace of intimacy with the Lord and endeavor to begin producing spiritual offspring through the loving process of discipleship (Matthew 28:19-20).
It is ever so important to ask ourselves if we are progressing to new levels of spiritual growth. If you find yourself not excited where you are with God, then you need to step into a deeper, higher stage relationship. Here is a promise; the deeper you venture with God, the more exciting He takes you and the more exciting your life with God, the more His blessings are poured out over you.
You are loved, Pastor Don