That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
Growing up is inevitable. Children cannot stay children forever, no matter how much we may rue the passing of time. But though we cannot stop the aging process, not all children grow up the same way. Some struggle with learning or miss out on opportunities for financial or other reasons. Some children grow up in broken homes or no home at all and have no idea what it is to know love and security. Some children grow up in stable, godly homes. But no matter how it occurs or what the individual circumstances are, growing up is a process.
It works the same way in our spiritual lives. We don’t all have the same opportunities as we grow in our relationship with Christ. Not every Christian grows up in a Christian home and learns the foundations of faith early in life. Not every Christian faces the same trials and experiences that shape us in how we relate to God. Sometimes we make poor choices and go astray from God even though we know better. And our spiritual growth is a process where we have to continue learning and becoming more like Jesus.
We all need to get to a certain place of maturity where we can stand on our own two feet in our faith in God. We can’t always be led about by someone else and be dependent upon them. Though others may help and encourage us, we have to know God’s truth for ourselves and we have to be able to make decisions through the Spirit’s leading. We ought to be able to discern what is right and not be led astray by men who would deceive us. We can’t be as gullible as children when it comes to knowing what we believe and why we believe it, because there are those whose sole purpose is to try to turn us away from the truth.
The ultimate truth is in Christ, and that needs to be our main focus. Children have no choice but to grow into adulthood, but in our spiritual lives, sometimes we allow our growth to be stunted by the choices we make. Sometimes we reach a point where we stop progressing in our walk with the Lord and even start going backwards. But no matter how long we’ve known Him, we must continue to grow up in Him. We should be continually learning, taking steps of faith, serving, giving, becoming the mature believers that He wants us to be.