"And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man."
Growth charts and tests help assess a child’s physical and mental progress. But growth occurs in other areas, too. The Bible tells us Jesus grew physically and in wisdom, and also in His relationship with God and with other people. Jesus grew in these ways as He took on human flesh, the very same ways we develop and grow.
Concern for a child’s physical growth is good, but their spiritual progress is critical, too. Children need to learn early on to cultivate love, joy, patience, kindness, and the other virtues. They can learn to apply God’s Word. Most of all, they need to make an intimate relationship with the Lord a priority.
The Christian life is not a single event; it’s a journey. It’s not enough for us to rack up other people’s decisions for Christ like notches on a belt, and then walk away. New Christians, especially children, need to be nurtured and discipled. As they grow “in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man,” they will be able to encourage others in their walk with Christ.
Are you concerned about the spiritual growth of the children in your life? Take time today to disciple a child!