Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians is instructive: “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him”(v.17). What Paul prayed for others, he desired for himself: “that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death”(Phil 3:10). For many, the Christian life is sentimental, disguised as spiritual; lacking in biblical and theological knowledge. We often say “for the lack of knowledge my people perish”. The irony however is that many have a disdain for biblical knowledge. Any attention to such is received with suspicion.
Now, when a human being is born, they must grow and mature. In the same way a Christian must grow and mature: “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation– if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. (1 Peter 2:2-3). Have you “tasted that the Lord is good?”Are you saved? A sure mark of the presence of a work of God in our lives is desire for God’s word. Where this desire is missing, a man or woman who professes Christianity must beware; they may not be saved.
Christian growth and maturity comes through knowledge and obedience to God’s word. As we study God’s word and obey it, we grow in our knowledge of God and our walk with Him. Do you know God, are you growing in your knowledge of God, do you have a desire to know God and grow in your knowledge and obedience? A growing or matured Christian prays, reads and studies God’s word, lives in obedience, repents of sin daily and has an increasing desire to know God.
Do these things describe you? “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” (Colossians 2:6-7)
Are you growing? The litmus test is your desire for God’s word and a life of obedience.