How to Grow Up! Part 1

01/12/22 at 06:00 AM | Published Under Charis Staff

Adapted from “Grow Up!” by Greg Fritz

The temptation to give in to negative emotions caused by life’s stressors can at times seem overwhelming.

To live a happy and healthy life in today’s world, anger and fear must be confronted.

The short-term solution is to recognize, resist, and turn the negative situations over to God.

The long-term solution is to grow up in the things of God. It’s impossible to remove all stress from your life. You will have tribulation, but by growing and maturing in the things of God, you’ll be able to walk in victory no matter what you’re facing.

The Bible says we’re to go from faith to faith and from glory to glory; this describes growth. An immature Christian is much more susceptible to the anger, fear, temper tantrums, etc., that come from life’s pressures.

By growing and progressing in the things of God, you’ll be able to breeze through situations that once seemed impossible. This isn’t a quick fix. It takes some time, but it’s well worth it in the end.  

When you are growing, many of the things that have defeated or tripped you up in the past will be left behind. Growth is part of life—natural and spiritual. Everything in nature was created to grow and produce fruit. Babies grow into children, then adults. Growth is a natural progression for every life form on Earth.

The desire to grow is in every human heart.

When my youngest daughter was six years old, I asked her if she would please skip her next birthday so she could stay six for another year. I didn’t want her to grow up so fast; she refused! Children want to grow quickly. They want the freedom and responsibility that comes with maturity.

Becoming a Christian is the greatest experience anyone can have, but salvation is not just a ticket to heaven. It’s the beginning of a brand-new life that’s supposed to progress until you get there. It has a beginning, a middle, and an end just like a race.

Paul said, “I have fought the good fight. I kept the faith and finished my course.” We’re not saved just so we can hold on until we get to heaven. We have things to accomplish and experience while we’re here. And like with any other life form on Earth, Christians should develop, move forward, and produce fruit.

There’s more to life than just “using up the ground.” However, bearing fruit comes naturally as you grow and mature. It’s not something you have to strive to achieve. Fruit comes from the inside out without effort.