When a person places their faith in the sufficiency of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, they are oriented with a trajectory to become like Jesus. Philippians 1:6 tells us, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
At the time of conversion the person becomes a new creation. They are like a spiritual new born and are in need of nourishment and instruction. It is wrong to view the Christian life as a onetime event involving the sinner’s prayer. To be a Christian means to enter into relationship, a family, with Christ as the head and saints as your siblings. Within this family there is a building up of one another. It is within a family that you grow and mature.
However, here is the problem; too many Christians are not growing. Too many Christians are underdeveloped. Instead of being adult Christians, they are still baby Christians. People who gave their lives to Christ years ago are not any more spiritually deep then when they began. They find themselves fighting the same sins and asking the same questions.
This problem is not new to the Church. The author of Hebrews addresses this exact issue. “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food,” – Hebrews 5:12
The author of Hebrews is frustrated with his brothers and sisters. They are not maturing in their walk with the Lord at the pace that they should be. These Christian are acting like spiritual babies when they should be instructing their younger brothers and sisters.
Perhaps you can relate to this frustration. How often have you told your kids something that they just don’t seem to get? Therefore, instead of being a big helper, they are holding everyone back. Instead of pulling their weight, they are dead weight.
The reality is that every Christians should be moving towards maturity. The life of being a disciple is one of transformation. Each day, week, month, and year a Christian should be going deeper into the Glory of God, and being equipped for the work that God has prepared for us.
If you feel stuck, take some time and ask yourself why? Why have you not been growing towards Christian maturity? Why are you still working through the basic principles while those around you are not? Why are you still stumbling over certain sins when others appear to be freeing themselves? Perhaps it is time for a change. Perhaps it is time to grow up.