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When pediatricians examine babies and children, part of what they look for is their growth—to find out at what percentile they are on the growth chart. Are they growing normally, is the question?

Mom and Dad—and sometimes grandparents, aunts and uncles measured us against a wall or doorframe to chart our growth. Perhaps you even tried to stretch to make the charting read as high as possible. As a kid, it seemed very important to grow taller.

Then we’re all grown up. Some tall, others short, but grown up. Females start checking their waistlines and guys flex their muscles. Most of us start out well, then along the way, for some, the tape measure frays with wide hips and potbellies--expanse happens. Our growth diverts out instead of up.

We can offer a zillion reasons why beauty and biceps become blubber but the biggest factor is neglect—even if it’s justified neglect.

Neglect

There’s another kind of growth that usually starts off grandly but for some of us, the growth stops and neglect sets in. You already know where I’m going with this, don’t you? Spiritual growth is a measure that we don’t want to stop and say, “I’ve arrived.” Yet many of us find ourselves on a plateau of spiritual growth. Some of us may find that we’ve shrunk! What happened? Neglect.

In Ephesians 4:14, 15, we read that we’re not to remain as infants spiritually, not to be tricked by crafty plotters of doctrine, we are to grow up into Christ. “His very breath and blood flow through us, nourishing us so that we will grow up healthy in God, robust in love.”

Recently, my husband and I went through a time of examining our own spiritual growth charts. We had experienced  dissenters, who were found to be like the irresponsible people the apostle Paul described as those who don’t know what they’re talking about, who twist Scripture to suit their fancies. If we hadn’t been growing at a healthy rate we would have lost our footing and not measured well on our growth chart. We read in 2 Peter 3:18 “Grow in the grace and understanding of our Master and Savior Jesus Christ.” We’re admonished to be steadfast, avoiding the error of the wicked.
 
Why are we to engage in this growth? The rest of 2 Peter 3:18 tells us, “Glory to the Master, now and forever! Yes!”  Continual spiritual growth is very important for our relationship to Jesus—to avoid the snares that will rob us of His peace and take away the glory that is due Him always.

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