you are going to grow

September 19, 2017

When I was a young boy in my preadolescent years, I was very small for my age. I was too small to play football, too short to play basketball, and too slow to play baseball.
I would often go to my mother and tell her that I was worried because I was too small. Mama’s words were clear and definitive: “You are going to grow!” I would then say, “Yes, Mother, but when?” and Mama would say, “Son, give it time, because that’s what all boys do.”
I worried some, but especially when I got to be a teenager. When I was 16-1/2, I got my driver’s license. I could hardly reach the pedal on the floor, and I had to look through the steering wheel. I was 5 feet five and weighed 115 pounds. Needless to say, I was behind everybody else. I worried! Again, I went to Mama and complained that I wasn’t growing. Mama said, “You are bigger than you were last year. Stop worrying.” That was easy for her to say, but not easy for me to understand. Mama said, “That’s what all boys do; they grow.” I said, “When?” Mama said, “Give it time, eventually you will grow.”
When I reached 17, I started to grow. It was a wonderful feeling to change size in shirts and coats. It was a happy moment, needless to say. I looked back on what Mama said and relied on her words of wisdom: “Give it time, because it is natural to grow.”
This morning, I was reading on the life of Jesus in Luke, Chapter 2, and the words came to me in the last verse of The Living Bible translation: “So Jesus grew both tall and wise, and was loved by God and man.” (Luke 2:52).
It was natural for Jesus to grow physically. He obviously was a tall, handsome, young man as Luke implies. That came natural for him, because that’s what all boys do – they grow physically. There are other forms of growth, which do not just come automatically.
Have you thought of your growth not just physically, but spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and socially?
If you are 18 or above, you’re probably not going to grow anymore physically. But you need to develop physically, and there are some things that you have to do physically to keep yourself in good shape: walking, running, bike riding, working out at the spa, doing exercises, and, of course, working. These will help you to keep developed and keep in shape. The body demands it!
But Jesus grew not only in His physical stature, but He grew in wisdom. If you are reading the Bible each day, that shows that you are basically concerned about your growing in the knowledge of God. Are you putting that knowledge to work? Are you using it for God? Are you using it to touch people and to do a great work for Lord?
Jesus grew in favor with God and man. How about your love for God and for His kingdom? Do you have to be prodded by others day after day to read the Word of God and to study and to do things that are pleasing in His sight?
Right now, I want to challenge you to set a goal for this week in every growth area. It’s never too late to start something good to help you grow, and it’s never too late to advance in wisdom and in the grace of our God.
On this coming Sunday, I will speak on the Great Tribulation and why it’s necessary for it to come to this earth. I urge you to be here. It will be very important for your growth to be like Him.

Your Pastor,
John Hedgepeth

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