God’s Call To Completion – Edification
Christians are called to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We must develop in our Christian life toward becoming mature. When you accept Christ for the very first time, you are a babe in Christ.
Peter refers to this state of the new Christian. “Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as new born babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.” (1 Pet. 2:1-2)
As babies feed upon milk and soft foods, it is evidence that they have not reached a state of maturity which allows them to eat solid food. When you’re in this stage, you’re learning how to walk in Christ. You are learning how to live in faith and obedience.
You should be fed knowledge appropriate for you. However, after several years, there should be evidence of growth and maturity. As time passes, babies develop teeth, stronger jaws and the ability to digest meet and solid foods.
When a congregation is fed the same diet, repeating the same scriptures day in and day out that most of them can quote from memory, it is a sign that they stopped growing.
Time should bring growth.
“For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again thew first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying avian the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God. (Heb. 5:12-6:1)
When individuals or a congregation repeats the same rote messages they cannot grow. Some individuals and churches have held the church in a backward state for an entire generation. God cannot be pleased.
God’s people have a desire and thirst for knowledge which is sweet to their souls. David spoke of the desire believers should have for growing in the Lord and in His word. “More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much find gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. (Ps. 19:10)
Have you answered God’s call to completion in your life? Are you maturing and developing in Christ or are you stagnated? Paul said, child think as a child, speak as a child and understand as a child, but when they become men, they put away childish things.
What are you doing to grow? How are you developing in knowledge and service? Answer God’s call to growing up in Christ.