Weekly bulletin article by Mike Johnson

I have been around some boys who grew so much over a short period of time that it took them a long time to “catch up”. It was not hard to see the problem. Though they were much taller than other boys, they were not nearly as coordinated. They were learning how to deal with their gangly arms and legs without losing complete control and flailing around aimlessly.

Their height was a clear advantage if they wanted to play basketball. However, others were more mobile and agile. Therefore, their abnormal height was not such an advantage. Normal growth allows a person time to adjust to the changes. Incremental growth is far easier to adjust to and to learn to be comfortable with the “new you”. That is how things work when they work normally.

A baby’s first year is a good example. You can see that baby gradually learning to roll over. Soon, she is up on her hands and knees testing her strength to crawl. Crawling leads to pulling up and pulling up ends in that glorious moment when she releases her grip and begins to walk across the room. These accomplishments achieved within the normal framework of growth are much easier.

Christian growth should be a measured, steady maturing into the adult Christian world. There have been “movements” that have emphasized such overwhelming, intensive growth for new Christians that the burn out rate among these was measurable. Peter’s formula of growth is quite simple, at least in sentiment, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." (II Peter 3:18) He said to follow the words and example of Jesus. He took 30 years to reach the maturity needed to do His work. You don’t have to be a spiritual super hero tomorrow or the next day.