Over the last couple of weeks on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), a popular challenge has become viral. The challenge is called “How much have you aged?” and the idea is you post a picture of yourself from the year 2009 and one from 2019. The two pictures will show how much you have (or have not) aged over those ten years. While we do not like to think about how much we have aged over time physically, it is something that we need to think about when it comes to our spiritual life. In 1 Peter 2:1-3, we read that when we decide to obey the Gospel and begin our spiritual walk, we are considered newborn babes in Christ. This communicates to us that when we decide to follow Jesus, there is an expectation for us to grow and become more like Him.
Here are some common statements that we might make to prove that we have grown spiritually:
1) I attend church every time the doors are open.
2) I am a good person to everyone that I come in contact with.
3) I don’t do the bad things that I once did before I became a Christian.
There are several more statements that I could list but these are some of the most common ones. While these statements have a lot of good intentions behind them, the writer of Hebrews told his audience what a mature Christian looks like: “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Hebrews 5:12-14. The writer is saying that a Christian must reach a point in their life where they teach others about Jesus. What does this imply to the reader? It means that a Christian must become comfortable and have the knowledge of God’s expectations for their life. How does one achieve this?
1) We must take time to study God’s Word and develop a deep love for the truth:
2) We must develop a strong prayer life with God: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
3) We must pursue holiness and hate sin: Hebrews 12:14
4) We must be willing to serve in the kingdom (church): 1 Corinthians 15:58
Incorporating these four things into our life will help us (I think) to see ourselves grow spiritually, and in ten years when we look at ourselves in the mirror, we will have aged to the point where we look more like Jesus.