Have you ever been at the store, standing at the checkout counter, and noticed a cute little baby? It seems like the chunkier, the cuter. Neck, arms and leg rolls on a child is THE cutest thing ever. How quickly our perception changes as we get older. Chunky on me at 7 months is way cuter than at 41 👀
Under normal circumstances, a child will grow. It begins within the womb and then continues outside of the womb.
As humans, growth is mandatory. No matter what we do, we will experience physical growth. It is the development that occurs at different paces, based on the parent’s nurturing and support tactics.
Some parents encourage and promote their babies to grow and develop faster, based upon what they are being fed, how often the child is eating and physical activity. For example. As my children moved through their infant stages of life, I would begin making a pallet on the floor and placing them on their stomachs to improve their neck muscles. Why? So they could receive strength and learn to control their neck and head movement independently. As they grew in age, this position on the floor would also produce leg and arm strength, teaching them how to get up on all fours, to learn the first stage of mobility (crawling).
To grow means to become larger or increase in size. Development is the process of growing. In other words, what you do (or not do) to experience growth.
Growth is mandatory.
There is no option to remain a child or to pick and choose the stage in life we preferred and remain that age. How many times have you reflected on the responsibility of being an adult and said within yourself: “if only I can be a kid again?”
Whelp. Spiritual growth is also mandatory. What you feed your spirit (development) determines the rate of your growth and the type of growth. We can either grow to righteousness or to foolishness. We can either grow in spiritual wisdom or stupidity. We can either grow in faith or fear.
If we continue to make excuses for wrong doing, we develop self-righteousness and feed our flesh. When we forget the purpose is to uplift Him and draw people to HIM, we develop prideful attitudes and behaviors. The fleshly desires are nurtured and developed.
“We have all become like the unclean; all our righteous deeds are like a menstrual rag. All of us wither like a leaf; our sins, like the wind, carry us away.” Isaiah 64:6 CEB
If we make Jesus the center of our lives by absorbing all of the wisdom and knowledge left for us through the word of God, we develop a God-conscience and understand that our righteousness and sufficiency is in Him. The spiritual desires are nurtured and developed.
“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,” II Corinthians 3:5 NKJV
Growth is mandatory. How you develop (the process) your growth produces the results in your life that you see today.
“as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,” I Peter 2:2 NKJV
What are you giving more attention to? Your flesh or your spirit?
“For we are each responsible for our own conduct. Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.”Galatians 6:5, 7-8 NLT