I hope and pray that believers in Christ as a corporate body and as individuals will understand growth comes from The Lord. As a church or individual, the size of the body grows over time and both do not necessarily mature at the same speed or completely in their life.

Sure we have people who come into our lives and deposit a positive word. Then we have those that come along not to far behind The Planter and encourage us in that positive word. But even after the word is planted and watered (encouraged), the growth is initiated and managed by God. Paul said in his first letter to the believers in Corinth - "I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow." (1 Cor. 3:6)

Sometimes I bump God out of His growing position and try to do that on my own. If my physical, mental and/or spiritual growth goes anywhere afterward, it does not go far or contain nearly the same amount of blessings if God was The Grower or The Developer. I need, we all need to keep from being stagnant in our growth.

An individual or corporate body can grow in size, but that does not mean maturity or development will follow. We must include and trust God for all our growth. This message is for those who have trusted Christ Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. We should keep the mindset that we are always a work in progress and always desire improvements. Paul charged us in this vein when he stated, "Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose." (Philippians 2:12-13)

So, to you I leave the encouraging and challenging words of Peter - "Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good." (1 Peter 2:1-3)