Let’s look at a few factors that stunt your growth and what it will take to grow again. Do you want to ‘un-stunt your growth’? I remember a boy I knew twenty years ago who was undersized and went to the doctor. He was prescribed growth hormones to convince his body to grow again. Here are several ‘growth hormones’ to help you grow in God.
Growth Hormone #1 – Learning
It’s amazing how many people know very little about the God they love. It’s an age-old problem with church people who come to Christ but do not get too far past the baby steps of faith. This was a problem in the Early Church as well.
These Jewish believers came to know Jesus as their Messiah. Still, many Jewish converts struggled with returning to the old ways they were taught before Christ.
The New Testament is ‘new’. There is new knowledge and understanding to be gained about God’s character, His ways and His plans. The New Testament is the story of a people meeting God in new ways through Jesus Christ and being refocused for eternal purposes in God’s Kingdom. It is a departure from keeping an external code of conduct and having the Law of God written into our hearts. It is a departure from saving ourselves through religion and sacrifice and instead finding a Savior.
If we fast-forward to now, there are many followers who have been introduced to faith but not grown up into creative, responsible adult believers. They need to get out of the fishbowl of once-a-week religion and enter the ocean of God’s World. In the fishbowl experience, you get a few flakes from someone else who cares for you. That’s what you get from Pastor Fish-flake.
In the ocean of God’s Word you hunt for the food that you depend on.
Milk is fed to you, while meat is the food you hunt for yourself. You can get meat from others, but until you reach the point of getting answers for yourself, you will be satisfied with bottle feeding.
At our church we have a Bible College named Urban Cry School of Mission.[i] We have students from young adulthood to retirement age who are digging into a Bible College education that is having a multiplying effect in their lives.
The seed of God’s Word grows into a fruitful, multiplying, life-giving tree. We have people at retirement age who are growing in new ways because the Word of God is coming alive in them.
Do not believe the lie that you are too old to learn something new. That kind of thinking has stunted the growth of many people and many churches. We all need to be passionate, lifelong learners. That means we will need to become more teachable.