Children Have a Desire to Grow Up
--Part 6 of the "Like A Child" Series
One of the most common elements in all ways that children play is they put themselves in
grown-up roles. Little girls dress up. Boys pretend to be a policeman or fireman. Kids play
"school" where one of them gets to be the teacher. While kids recognize that they are kids, there
is something inside them wants to be like their parents, older siblings, or other "big people" in
As Christians, we should never stop growing, and we should never stop desiring to grow. Sadly, some Christians never grow spiritually. Why is this? Take a look at this verse:
1 Peter 2:2"As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the Word, that you may grow thereby . . ."
Many believers don’t aspire to have spiritual maturity because they don’t really have the desire for the Word.
TestAre you satisfied with your spiritual growth? Do you think you’re just fine spiritually, and have no room for improvement? Or do you yearn to be more spiritually mature? Are you pursuing spiritual growth by meditating on God’s Word?
Pride CheckTo desire to grow is to admit that we have some growing up to do. To be satisfied with our level of holiness indicates that we see no need for improvement.
The best indicator that our pride is a problem in this area is if we compare ourselves to other, weaker Christians:
Luke 18:10-11,13“Two men went up into the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, and the other a tax-gatherer. The Pharisee stood and was praying thus to himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax-gatherer’ . . . But the tax-gatherer, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’”
NEXT: Part 7--Children Are (Brutally) Honest
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