13 Until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. 14 We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. 15 But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.
Growth is something we all experience as part of life. Every time we take Lennox, my 13 month old, to the doctor we study his growth chart with the pediatrician. I am thankful for both of our pediatricians and their deep understanding of these charts. Sometimes we answer questions about his eating, sleeping, and play to help explain changes on his graph. We often leave with instructions on how to nurture his growth into the future. As Christians we too are growing, but our growth is not dependent on how much we sleep, eat, or play. Our growth begins with our intentional connection to a God who loves and cares for us. We grow when we push ourselves into prayer, study, and fellowship, particularly fellowship with people who are different than ourselves. Paul reminds us that we have a responsibility to grow in our faith and toward one another because we are all knit together in one body. Growth is not something that should scare us, but, rather, a reality that should excite us as we seek to live into the Gospel message in our lives.