Ephesians 4: Growing in Christ
I find it interesting that Jesus Himself spoke about the necessity of people coming to Him as children, but in Ephesians 4 we receive the encouragement from Paul to grow up in our faith.
Eph 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
Eph 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
There’s nothing wrong with being a child, and we all started out that way. However, there is something wrong with the picture when a 40-year-old is acting like a seven-year-old. There is a natural development to our physical lives here on earth. As we get older, we become wiser ideally, and we certainly become more mature. Although I’m sure it does happen, you do not see very many adults throwing temper tantrums in the grocery store. The time for being a child, while entirely necessary, has passed, and our hypothetical 40-year-old needs to grow. He does not become a new person, but he does develop.
I think about that in our spiritual lives. Yes, we need to come to Jesus Christ as children with faith, and that will always be part of our identity. However, there needs to be development. Then needs to be maturity. We don’t want Christians who don’t know how to be Christians. As Paul said, we want to understand our doctrine so that we don’t get deceived.
Obviously, people will develop at different rates, and it is not a question of salvation. However, it is a part of our natural development in Christ. Just like we grow up in our physical bodies, our spiritual lives should develop as well. We want to make sure that we are doing everything we can to worship God with our minds along with our hearts and souls.