Every life begins at birth and is assumed to become mature through physical and cognitive development.
There are expectations for a child’s growth before the child is given birth to, and after-birth of the child, growth stages, which becomes obvious as the child starts to crawl, sit, stand, walk and even talk.
The Christian life begins with birth and has a growing stage like a growing child. The birth and death of Jesus Christ saves us from law to be under grace so that we might escape God’s righteous judgment and also enjoy God’s presence.
What does growth mean?
Growth simply means an increase in size, number, value, or strength of an existing thing.
In Christian life, if there is no growth after being born again, it reveals there is no life purpose, no progress and no relevance in the realities that the grace of God makes available to the believer.
2 peter 3:18
But grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forevermore (KJV).
God wants us to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. In definite terms, growing in grace as a Christian shows we are born of God.
There is a beginning of growth in all existing things to the mature stage before its end. This growth in grace is gradual and progressive like a baby growing up.
Growing in Christ likeness grace shows our consistent learning in Him. Acquiring spiritual understanding in Him. Developing a closer relationship with Him through regular and deeper fellowship. And also living righteously to please God in total submission will invariably help our spiritual growth, avoid stagnation and onward spiritual death.
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ (KJV)