Grow • Devotion #3: Shrink?

Once a year, my wife and I line up our five kids and draw a line to measure our kids’ heights against last year’s line. It is always exciting to see their faces when they turn around and see that they have grown from last year. My wife and I get excited with them. We love that our kids are healthy and growing.

I believe 100 percent that this is the way God looks at our spiritual growth. He gets excited to see His children growing from when we first came to know Him. We were babies in Christ, and over time, we grow through prayer, reading the Word, and gathering with the saints in a Growth Community. 

We read in 1 Peter 2:2-3, “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the lord is good.”

Could you imagine if this year we walked up to the wall where the marks from the past years are, we put our kids up there, and they had shrunk from last year? We see that none of them had grown, but shrunk. It would be a really disappointing day for our kids and for us.

I believe 100 percent this is how God feels when we put off our spiritual growth. He wants us to grow and become spiritually strong, but we become content growing to a certain point, and we think we have arrived, or we just stop making our growth a priority altogether.

There is an old song that we used to sing in kids’ church. The song’s words are: “Read your Bible pray every day, and you’ll grow, grow, grow.”

Then the second half of the song’s words say, “Forget your Bible, forget to pray, and you’ll shrink, shrink, shrink.”

It is a pretty fun song to sing with kids to teach them the importance of growth and the importance of reading your Bible and prayer. 

Growing in the Lord is important, and it is not a seasonal thing. Make your spiritual growth a priority in your life. Get in a Growth Community. Get in the Word and spend some time in prayer. Do not put off or forget because you will “shrink, shrink, shrink.”

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