Newborn babies...aren't they just the most wonderful thing to look at and hold? As we cradle them, we often find ourselves so wrapped up in how sweet they are that we say things like, "oh, if you could only stay little." Yet, we know that wouldn't be anything we would really wish on the child.
Christians are much the same way when we see a new born Christian. The excitement and glow about a new Christian is just as wonderful to hold. If they'd only stay that way..... but, really?
If growth charts were available for Christians as they are for newborns, what would ours look like? It would begin at birth (our new birth in Christ) and would naturally continue to build. I'm sure we would see growth spurts and plateaus (periods of no growth). The growth spurts might be accompanied by hardships or during times of Bible Study Groups. The worst thing we might see is a backwards trend...which couldn't happen on a physical growth chart.
So the question is; what does my spritual growth chart look like? Where am I now?
We all have lots of growth to do. It takes effort for spiritual growth; it's like physical growth. It's not easy! Yet, if there were a spiritual growth chart...what would mine look like?