It Takes Time to Grow

But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ. (Ephesians 4:15)

On her first day in preschool, young Charlotte was asked to draw a picture of herself. Her artwork featured a simple orb for a body, an oblong head, and two circle eyes. On her last day of preschool, Charlotte was again directed to draw a self-portrait. This one showed a little girl in a colorful dress, a smiling face with distinct features, and a cascade of beautiful red tresses. The school had used a simple assignment to demonstrate the difference that time can make in the level of maturity.

While we accept that it takes time for children to mature, we may grow impatient with ourselves or fellow believers who show slow spiritual growth. We rejoice when we see the “fruit of the Spirit” (Gal. 5:22–23), but are disheartened when we observe a sinful choice. The author of Hebrews spoke of this when he wrote to the church: “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat” (Heb. 5:12).

As we continue to pursue intimacy with Jesus ourselves, let’s pray for each other and patiently come alongside those who love God but who seem to struggle with spiritual growth. “Speaking the truth in love,” let’s continue to encourage one another, so that together we may “grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ” (Eph. 4:15).

Lord, we love You! In our walk with You, help us to receive and give encouragement and to speak the truth in love. Amen.

When I read this I was reminded of a sermon I once heard. It is important that we as the children of God always speak the truth in love. How simple and yet so vital, not only to those we face but to our spiritual walk and relationship with God. Words of truth spoken in love can guide us all toward maturity in Christ.

Have a wonderful day in The Lord!

Today’s Reading is Ephesians 4:11-16