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The Progressive Walk

“And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.” (Colossians 2:19, KJV)

Life is possible because we grow through different stages; infancy, adolescence and adulthood. No one remains at a particular stage forever. Just as we feed ourselves constantly to see to our growth in the physical realm, we must apply diligence and persistence to ensure growth in the spirit, from infancy through youth to adulthood. In 1 John 2:13, the apostle John revealed three stages of growth – little children, young men, and fathers. Scripture asserts, “I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake. I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father” (1 John 2:12-13).

When he addressed the children, the emphasis of his message was the forgiveness of sins. This simply means that children in Christ are always concerned about their sins. Thus, he assured them that they have forgiveness of sins in Christ. The message to the young men was that they had overcome the wicked one. However, the fathers are those who have known him that is from the beginning. Fathers are those who understand the processions of God and his dealings from ages past.

As we can see, each stage of growth is characterised by the knowledge of certain truths and the display of certain characteristics. It is the truth of the word that makes us grow in Christ.

Truth necessary for growth is encountered in two main ways. Primarily, we attain growth by contact with the word of God. Scripture thus admonishes in 1 Peter 2:2, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby”. Jesus himself, as our prime example, sought the word right from childhood. At the tender age of twelve, he is seen in the temple with the doctors of the law, showing great mastery of the word of God, even to the extent that the doctors marvelled. (Luke 2:46-47). In our day and age, men who are even beyond the age of thirty have little insight into the word of God. You have no excuse for your lack of knowledge and understanding of the word. It is your responsibility to get to know the word and obtain understanding by means of the spirit.

The second means by which we attain growth is by the gift of the fivefold ministry that Jesus has set in the church, who through the word and the Spirit instruct us in the way of Christ, until we grow to a place of perfection (Ephesians 4:10-15).

Every graciousness in Christ can become our heritage if we submit to the instruction of the fivefold ministry; apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. Just like Jesus sat at the feet of the doctors and asked them questions, we also should have an eager spirit to learn from our men of God. God has positioned them as shepherds over our souls to provide nourishment for our growth.

Growth does not occur by accident. It happens by continuous contact with the right nutrition which is the word of God. Go for the word, submit to be taught by the man that God has set over you and watch yourself grow and soar on the wings of the eagle. Shalom!

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