Growing Up Spiritually

Posted on November 15, 2021

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By David Ettinger

Analogy Required
The marquee pictured here caught my attention this morning.

It’s from the theater next door to our Zion’s Hope ministry headquarters here in Winter Garden, Florida. The Garden Theater is currently presenting the musical “Big,” based on the 1988 Tom Hanks film. The movie is about a young boy who makes a wish to be “big,” and is then aged to adulthood overnight.

The “big” problem is that though he becomes a physical man, his mind remains that of a child.

I have no issue with the premise this show; I find it rather creative. However, I feel a brief spiritual analogy is in order.

The Mandate to Grow Up
When I read the marquee, I thought immediately of 1 Corinthians 13:11: “When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.”

The apostle Paul – the human author of the book – says things for a reason. The reason he wrote this verse is because too many believers in the Lord Jesus were not growing up in their spiritual walk. They gave their lives to Christ and pretty much left it there.

This same malady plagues the Church today. Here in the U.S., too many church-attenders are biblically ignorant and world savvy. According to Romans 16:19, Christians are to be the other way around.

Christians should be daily reading their Bibles. Christians should be daily praying. Christians should be daily renewing their minds in Christ (Romans 12:2). Christians should be daily separating themselves from the world (1 John 2:15).

In short, adult Christians need to stop existing as spiritually-ignorant children in grown-up bodies, but are to be …

“… filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
so that [we] will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects,
bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”

May God help us to be ever growing in spiritual maturity.