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Spiritual Growth is Not Optional

spiritualWhat kind of words that popped into your head when you hear the word “growth? Maybe some of you would say change, process, mature, and many other words. Physical growth is inevitable for human beings, unless you have a rare condition, but spiritual, mental and emotional growth needs to be cultivated.

As I am reflecting back with the IICS graduating class of 2017, I am reminded of how they have come a long way as a student and as a person. I remembered when they were just a new students entering as grade 10. Some have definitely grown and mature more than the others but through hardships and challenges all of them have grown according to their capacity. Growth doesn’t happen inside the comfort zone, and as I evaluate, students who grow most are the ones who are not afraid to take risks, to overcome challenges and are resilient throughout the process.

Christ desire for all of us to grow in every aspect of our lives. And in order for Christ second coming, He needs his bride (the church) to be mature, pure and ready therefore, spiritual growth is not an option.

Ephesians 4: 11-15 says “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,  to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up  until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves,and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.  Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.”

So how can we grow? Growth is a matter of personal decision.Growth builds on foundations already in place. Jesus taught once of the need for a strong foundation for a lasting house. And that is true. Growth can only grow on what already is there.A difference between an average high school student entering college and a college student entering graduate school is this: The high school student often assumes learning is limited to what the teacher gives in the classroom. The more mature college student hopefully has learned that understanding is far more than what is expressed in the classroom. It includes library study, research and growth. Wisdom, our college student has learned, is what one masters after the lecture is over.

The teaching help. The preaching helps. The classroom or sanctuary helps. But maturity — meat — is what happens to us after class is over.

By: Ms. Natasha Christiani

Some references are taken from: https://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/milk-and-meat-moving-toward-christian-maturity-david-haun-sermon-on-growth-in-christ-68848?page=3

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