9/27/2015 – Brief Thoughts: Grow!

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Phil 1:6-7)

 “Until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. As a result, we are no longer to be children.” (Eph 4:13-14)

Being a Christian is all about growth: moving from wherever you are now to the next level of maturity and power God has destined us for. Being a follower of Jesus cannot, by definition, mean stagnancy. To be in a place of no-growth while saying you are saved, or a Christian, or a follower, or a disciple is simply an oxymoron, and reveals a complete misunderstanding of everything Scripture is trying to teach us. For one to proclaim, “I am God’s!” and yet remain stationary in this life means that one is deceived.

Everything taught, displayed, and revealed in the Scriptures screams, “GROW AND MATURE—MOVE ONWARD AND UPWARD!” The calling of God is forever upward (Phil. 3:13). The way of God is forever more excellent (1 Cor. 12:31), and the goal of our faith, through the same Spirit that is in God, is perfection (Matt. 5:48). Our salvation is to be worked out in fear and trembling (Phil. 2:12), and run after as a race to be won (1 Cor. 9:24) so that when we come to the end of the journey we can proclaim with complete confidence, “The time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, and I have kept the faith. In the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day” (2 Tim 4:6-8)! The disciple is not deceived by the watered down gospels of men’s religions. This is the salvation he desires—not a salvation that merely endures this earth while awaiting heaven above, but a salvation that is to be fully experienced every day as we grow, mature, and move onward and upward right here, right now in the kingdom of heaven on earth.

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