Grow • Devotion #1: Failure to Grow
Jared Bruder | Growth Intern
As a child, I was not growing like other children my age. My parents began to realize something was wrong, so they took me to the doctors. When I was five years old, I was diagnosed with what is called Congenital GHD (Growth Hormone Deficiency). This means that though my body was producing growth hormone, it was not producing enough for me to grow at a normal rate. When I was five years old (when I was diagnosed), I was the average size of a two and a half-year-old. At this point, I began growth hormone therapy. This therapy consisted of daily injections of a synthetic growth hormone so that my body would begin to grow. It was not until I was a freshman in high school that I was finally within the normal size for my age.
Many Christians have a growth deficiency when it comes to their spiritual growth. The Corinthian church had this problem with some of its members. In 1 Corinthians 3:1-2 Paul says, “But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready.” This problem still permeates our churches today. We have Christians that have a failure to grow spiritually.
It is time for some spiritual growth therapy. We are instructed in 2 Peter 3:18, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” The first step in spiritual growth therapy is to begin increasing your knowledge of God. This is accomplished through daily doses of Bible study. This should be done alone and in association with a growth community. We need to be striving to know God better so that what was said of the Corinthians will not be said of us. Let us strive to not be babes in Christ but rather let us grow in the Word. Spiritual growth is important to strengthen the body of Christ (Church). Do not get diagnosed with spiritual growth deficiency. Get in the Word and grow.