You never have to tell a child to grow any more than you would tell a plant to grow. But Paul does tell Christian men and women to grow, and he commends them when they grow. Why? Because believers are not plants, but men and women with wills that can either further or hinder their spiritual growth.
Spiritual progress in the Christian life is very important. It is clear proof that we are real Christians, not nominal believers. Pastors who can observe growth in their church members can know that they are feeding sheep, not worrying with goats. The Bible puts much stress upon spiritual growth. The need of spiritual growth is seen in various ways in the Scriptures.
Author: Milburn R. Cockrell
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