Many Christians are afraid to Grow Spiritually because they are afraid to fail. Growing entails a lot of effort and responsibility. Many are unwilling to run the risk and afraid to leave the comforts of life for the “rugged life of faith.” However, God’s highest purpose for us is to grow to maturity. It is anything that we have to aspire and is worth having it. People who desire and work for maturity are willing to pay its price.
Wayne Jackson says; “the level of vileness on the part of some youths who profess a connection with Christianity is so dreadful, that my investigation of this matter has been one of the most heart-breaking experiences I have known in many years. Many of our churchgoing teens are marginal believers who profess religious ideas that represent an astonishing departure from historic Christianity”(www.christiancourier.com/articles/1126–shocking-new-christian-generation-the). They started to be stunted with their growth until they carry it with them when they are old. They carry with them the baggage supposedly left behind long time ago. The worst is they depart from the truth.
Apostle Paul constantly warned the danger of Christians not growing. In fact he feared that some Christians have no aims or direction. He compared Christianity to athletes in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified” (NASB).
Paul sounds so serious that Christians ought to take growth seriously. The sad reality is that many Christians do not want full growth and would never leave the “Kindergarten of spirituality.” They would rather remain in diapers and milk rather than geared toward to become mountain climbers in order to scale the heights of searching the scriptures daily. Apostle Paul added in Philippians 3:13-14 “Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (NASB). Children cannot reach forward to what lies ahead. They easily pout and fall away. They are more fascinated with that which is new, playful, amusing, of no real purpose, loud and showy. Mature Christians understand life to have quality, purpose and value. Let me encourage you brethren, to grow and mature in our Lord with a goal and direction, willing to cooperate to the Christian demands and be optimistic of God’s promise.