Summary: Let’s Grow Up! (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: email@example.com)
Reading: Hebrews chapter 5 verse 11 to chapter 6 verse 3.
• Patrick aged 10
• “Never trust a dog to watch your food”
• Michael aged 14
• “When your dad is mad and asks you, "Do I look stupid?" don't answer him”
• Joel, aged 10
• “Don't pick on your sister when she's holding a cricket bat”
• Andrew aged 9
• “Puppies still have bad breath even after eating a Polo mint”
• Taylia aged 11
• “When your mum is mad at your dad, don't let her brush your hair”
• Armir aged 9
• “You can't hide a piece of broccoli in your milk”
• Mitchell aged 12
• “Don't sneeze in front of your mum, when you're eating a cracker”
• Michael aged 14
• “Never tell your mum her diet's not working”
• It might not be considered wisdom;
• But I would guess everyone in this room has said it at sometime to someone;
• Those immortal words; “Grow up!”
• Or a similar phrase; “Why don’t you act your age?”
Growth is important to all of us:
• Ill: From the moment you were born you were weighed and measured.
• Ill: As children how many of you had a growth chart or marks on the wall/door frame?
• Growth is the sign of a healthy child;
• And if a child is stunted in their growth it usually it means that something is seriously wrong
• What is true in a physical sense has a spiritual parallel.
• You come into God’s family the same way you entered your physical family;
• By being born into it - i.e. ‘Born again’ – i.e. a baby.
• Now in the physical realm;
• We grow into healthy children, teenagers, adults by taking in nourishment, by exercising etc.
• It is an automatic process that happens without us really noticing.
• Ill: Our own kids every so often their clothes don’t fit – growth spurt etc.
• Now in the spiritual realm the experience can be very different;
• The number of years you have been a Christian does not mean you are growing!
• True you are growing older but you are not in practice growing up!
• i.e. becoming spiritually mature.
• A man, after 25 years with one company,
• Was still doing the same old job and drawing the same salary.
• Finally he went to his boss and told him he felt he had been neglected.
• “After all,” he said, “I’ve had 25 of experience.”
• His boss sighed and said:
• “You haven’t had 25 of experience, you’ve had one experience for 25 years.”
• This passage in the book of Hebrews;
• Helps us to recognise if we are maturing or stagnant in our spiritual growth.
• These verses are really tragic;
• The picture they present to us is more like a nursery school than a Church.
I want to split the passage under 4 headings: