The Word's Christian Fellowship, Inc.
#112 To Be, or To Grow? That is the Question                                              November 2, 2014 

My apologies to Prince Hamlet of Shakespeare fame.  But I think the more relevant question for the believer is my title, rather than the more famous, “To be, or not to be.”

We’ve been pushed, prodded, constrained, and cajoled to BE various things all of our lives:
BE quiet!
BE nice!
BE a good student!
BE a good employee!
BE a good husband or wife!
BE a good father or mother!
Attain!  Achieve!  Arrive!  Whatever it takes, get there, so we don’t have to BE anymore - so that we can finally say regarding all of life itself, “been there, done that.” 

Of course, when we were stuck in and on “the course of this world,” par did demand that we BE something, anything really, as long as we were trying to BE something so we could act like we had finally made it.

But once you’ve become a child of God with His incorruptible seed born in you, His gift of holy spirit within you, you have to BE willing to GROW.  Grow in your knowledge and application of His Word.  Grow in your confidence and competence as regards the operation of the manifestations of His gift of holy spirit.  Grow in the fellowship relationship you now have with the Creator of the heaven and earth by the accomplished work of His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.  We’re already complete in what we’ve received in the new birth.  There’s nothing more to get - but there’s every reason in God’s Word to begin to grow up in and to manifest the completeness we now have as the sons and daughters of God.

You have to make a conscious decision to change from being BE minded to being GROW minded.

Certainly you recognize and believe that you are what the Word of God says you are, that you have what the Word of God says you have, that you can do what the Word of God says you can do.  But that’s not the finish line.  That’s the starting point to begin to grow.  Would you say of the wonderful realities of the new birth, “been there, done that”? 

1 Peter 2:2: 
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

Now that you’re born again, it doesn’t say, “act like a new born babe,” it says, “as newborn babes.”  That’s your heart and your attitude in your desire to GROW as a son or daughter of God.

Philippians 3:13-14: 
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended [to have  attained, to have obtained, to have arrived]: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high [upward] calling of God in Christ Jesus.

What wonderful help God has given us here in His Word.  Believing God’s Word in these verses can bring about an attitude whereby we can grow as His children.  Part of that “high” or upward calling for the believer is the moment of the Return of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Why not say to the ever-increasing buzz to BE (coming from the world and Christian religion):
“I’d rather BE Gathered Together and until then, by God’s grace and mercy, I’ll endeavor to GROW as His child.”

©  Stephen A. Harrison,  The Word’s Christian Fellowship, Inc.  4415 Yank Road  Wilson, NC 27893