By Ray Ferris

The difference between the little bush that a human foot can smash and the mighty tree that withstands the storm is growth. The difference between the helpless babe in arms and the stalwart lumberjack is growth. The difference between the babe in Christ and the elder in the church or the faithful gospel preacher is growth. Peter exhorted, “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Pet. 3:18, Emph. mine, REF.) He gave us the “recipe” for getting the job done in these words: “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word that ye may grow thereby. . .” (I Pet. 2:2, Emph. mine, REF.) Paul said, “But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” (Heb. 5:14, Emph. mine, REF.) Proper desire for the word coupled with proper exercise of your senses guarantees spiritual growth. Are you growing?

August 3, 1972