One essence of life is growth. This is true in both the physical realm and the spiritual realm. Just as living seeds grow into mature plants and infants grow into mature adults, so new Christians grow into Christlikeness. When growth is hindered in the physical realm, either by malnutrition, disease, or birth defects, the results can be tragic. But it is an even greater tragedy when believers fail to grow and mature spiritually. After all, immature Christians cannot fully appreciate all the blessings and privileges that God has reserved for them, nor serve Him with the usefulness He desires. Like physical growth, spiritual growth ultimately depends on God’s power, but it also requires the element of human responsibility. Scripture calls to the believer to be obedient, James says, “Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” (James 2:18). Our works are not a product of our faith, but a proof that we have faith. As we grow and mature, we assume responsibilities, and those responsibilities are an outgrowth of our maturity. Paul challenges the church at Corinth, by saying, “I could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to those who are fleshly, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with mild and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; for you are still carnal.” Spiritual Growth is brought about by feeding ourselves on the Word of God (2 Timothy 2:15), and as we hid the Word of God in our hearts (Psalm 119:11), we will become stronger in our walk with Christ. If we have not taken time today to take in the Word of God, stop, and consider what the Lord has said to you today through His Word. Don’t know where to start? Turn to the gospel of John, and as you read this book, you will be encouraged by the power of Christ to transform lives, including yours.