Okay to growing; but how far?
God likes us to aim for the highest, but we can make whatever choice we want. God will not hold it against us, He will not punish us because we have made a certain choice or not. Some people do not want to go far. In this case, they will live a simple life. Some failures in their lives will be tolerated, their training will be light, and their level of growth adapted to this limited ambition. It is not the best choice, but it would be what these people will have chosen for their life. But if on the contrary one would like to go far, then one must also be aware that even the smallest things will have to be corrected before the journey begins. Our involvement, our seriousness, and our determination must match this ambition.
When can we estimate that we have grown up, that we are big enough to say that we are big? Let’s look at two passages from the Bible.
Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.Luke 2: 52
Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.Ephesians 4: 11-13
These passages from the Bible show us that Jesus went through a process of growth, and that what He expects of us is also that we grow, ideally until we reach the perfect standard of Christ, exactly in His image. But can we reach this ideal and live on earth for years to come, or is it when we die that we will reach this status?
Let me give you an example, taken from our life on earth. At birth, the baby visibly begins its growth process, which includes, for example, an increase in size. When a child grows in height, there comes a time when he reaches his maximum height, and then he stops growing. Height growth for a human is therefore not meant to be continuous but has an end date. In the same way, one can grow until reaching the perfect target that God has set. Yes: one can live in this status of perfection even when one is still on Earth.
Some are content with certain changes occurring in their lives. For example, they observe greater capacity in certain areas. But these small changes may be totally insufficient if more was expected of us, in line with our initial ambition. Therefore, growing only makes sense when the target can be, and is reached, as we will see in the next episode.
Be blessed in Jesus!