April 5, 2021

What does it take to grow? Day 1

What does it take to grow? Day 1

Col 4:12 “That you may become mature Christians and that you may fulfill God’s will for you.”

Ephesians 4:14-15. “that we should no longer be children tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—"

Eph 4:13 until we come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature and full-grown in the Lord, measuring up to the full stature of Christ.

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Transcript

Day 1.  What Does It Take To Grow? The Bible!

Good morning and welcome to today’s Daily insights. On behalf of Pastor Lucy Paynter daily insights, this is Jane Lenny. Today we’re beginning a new episode this morning, “What Does It Take To Grow?”

  1. The Purpose of this series:

The purpose of these episodes is the same goal that Epaphras had for the Colossian Christians. The Bible records he fervently prayed for them,  Col 4:12 “That you may become mature Christians and that you may fulfill God’s will for you.”

I believe that’s what God wants for us. He wants us to grow up. From the verse, you can circle the word “mature” and “God’s will.” They are both in the same sentence. It is God’s will that you grow up.

Apostle Paul wished the Christians in Ephesus that they may grow and not remain as children. Ephesians 4:14-15. “that we should no longer be children tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—"

Notice here Paul said that they might grow in all things.

Do you realize that God wants you to grow up? Have you ever been to a hospital and seen men and women with mature bodies but immature minds? It is tragic. An example of a young man who looks to be in his late 20’s bound in a wheelchair. The nurse aide tries to place a plastic ball in his lap; the young man tries to knock it off with his hands. Sometimes takes him a full minute. Sometimes takes him 3 to 4 minutes or even more.

Some of us, that is how we are in our spiritual journeys. Physically we are fully mature adults, but spiritually we are children. “How tragic,” what must God the father think when he looks at our development spiritually? Here is a question for you…

  1. What is Spiritual Maturity?

Eph 4:13 until we come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature and fully grown in the Lord, measuring up to the full stature of Christ.

According to this verse, you can define spiritual maturity in one phrase. That phrase is this: Spiritual maturity is being like Christ.

Most of us want to grow. Most of us want to mature spiritually. Most of us want to be like Christ. Many times, we don’t know how to get started.

In this new episode, we shall look at the 10 Habits of Maturing Christians. 10 habits that every Christian needs to develop in order to achieve spiritual maturity. My goal with these episodes is to equip you with the skills you need to begin these habits.

On behalf of Pastor Lucy Paynter daily insights, this is Jane Lenny taking you through What Does It Take To Grow episodes. Today is day 1 of our episodes. Tomorrow we look at facts about Christian maturity, and after that, for the next 10 days, we explain the 10 Habits of Maturing Christians. God bless you, Shalom Shalom.