“Growth”

Almost from the moment of our physical birth our outward appearance bears a resemblance to our parents and relatives. He or she has the Smith nose or the Jones eyes is often heard. Our DNA determines and controls these characteristics but many of our tendencies and traits seem to be acquired from one’s experiences and environment.

As our body begins to grow, we take in nutrients to feed our cells. We can’t pinpoint which cells are being nourished at the time of ingestion, but as time passes one can see the overall growth. We are being transformed externally and internally until our death.

Our first birth was not something we chose nor was our DNA. However, we do get to control and determine when and where our second birth happens (Jo 3:3-6). This time it takes place at our immersion into Jesus Christ (Rom 6:3-6). We become spiritual “sons of God” through faith when we clothe ourselves with Christ through
immersion (Gal 3:26-27).

As Christians observe the Lord’s Supper each first day of the week (Sunday), (Acts 20:7) (Rev 1:10) we are ingesting bread and juice, not to nourish our physical bodies, but to symbolize what is taking place spiritually. Once again we can’t see to which part of our “inner being” (Eph 3:16) these emblems are headed, but we can rest assured that the Holy Spirit is dispersing wisdom, knowledge, faith, mercy and many other spiritual gifts to them (1 Cor 12:7-11) (Rom 12:5-8). This time our soul is being transformed into the image of Christ (2 Cor 3:18). Of course, we are starting to look like Jesus in our actions not in physical appearance (2 Pe 3:18). This time the growth will not stop at our death (Jo 3:2) (1 Cor 15:51-52). We will have been totally transformed.

Hopefully all parents will get to witness and celebrate each step of their children’s growth. God feels much the same way about his children.

—Jim Bailey