Union Grove/ Steele News

By BRENDA BOBBITT,

Spiritual Maturity

Union Grove United Methodist Church will host a Back to School Bash on July 20 starting at 4:00 p.m. We will be giving away school supplies and there will be a guest speaker from the Crisis Center in Forest to speak to the youth.  Please come out and join us.  Sylvester UMC will also host an event called Cake and Ice Cream on Saturday, July 20 starting at 10 a.m.

If you have ever watched a baby grow you have noticed that there is a transformation that takes place in it. As you watch the baby day after day you will soon see that it goes through many changes. You’ll notice it putting on weight, its little legs start getting longer, its head gets bigger, its features start developing, and so on.

How does this transformation take place in its little body? Does it happen by leaving the baby alone in its crib every day? Does it happen because you sit and rock it for hours at a time? Does it just automatically happen through the course of nature? No, to all of the above.

What causes the transformation in the baby’s physical appearance is the milk/formula it takes in. When a baby drinks its “food” it takes in certain nutrients from that food. The nutrients that are in it are what causes the change. As those nutrients get into the muscles, organs, cells and tissues in that baby’s body those nutrients start bringing about a change in its body. The more nutrients it takes in the more noticeable the change, until it no longer resembles a baby and eventually changes into an adult.

Our spiritual growth happens the same way — it comes through the “nutrients” we receive from God’s Word. When we take His word in, it is like taking “spiritual growth hormones.” But I am not talking about just casually reading it and then being a “forgetful hearer” of what you read. I am talking about letting His word get down into your spirit and putting it into practice in your life. The putting it into practice and letting it govern your life is what brings about transformation in us. As we read the word and apply the word a transformation takes place in our spirits and there begins to be a noticeable difference in us. If we continue daily to read God’s word and live our lives by it, the more noticeable that difference will be. So noticeable that we will eventually come into the “measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:13) In other words, we will come to spiritual maturity and look like Christ.

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