From the moment we are conceived we begin to grow and mature. This is a physical example of what is taking place within us spiritually. When a baby is born, its parents do virtually everything to take care of them. The only thing they can drink is milk. Over time the baby grows and matures, begins to eat solid foods, and eventually starts to learn about right and wrong. Loving parents see the benefits of disciplining and teaching their children, and recognize that it is crucial to their child maturing and gaining wisdom.
This process takes a long time and a great deal of patience and perseverance. Children often do not want to take instruction from their parents and often despise the wisdom that their parents are offering to them.
We all start off as spiritual babies and go through the exact same process spiritually. God our Father uses many different things in our lives to teach us and help us mature and gain wisdom. He works within us through the Spirit, teaches us through our experiences, and uses other members of the body of Christ to teach us as well. Today we’re going to look at this process in scripture.
During this process we will all fall short and miss the mark. The “falling” which we experience will eventually lead to our completion.
Pro 24:16 (ESV) for the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.