Growth is not usually a choice. A seed does not get to decide when it will sprout, break through the soil and grow into the plant or tree it is destined to become. A baby doesn’t decide at what point she is developed enough to be born, or how tall she will be throughout her maturation into adulthood. As Christians,however,we do have some say about our ability to grow. God provides what we need to be able to grow. 1 Peter comes to mind here:
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.” 2 Peter 1:3-9 NIV).
He will also place us in circumstances that will give us opportunity for growth. Ultimately, we need to choose whether or not we will grow. Unlike the seed or the baby, we need some preparation for this growth. We need to be in God’s word, internalizing all we can about who He is, who we are and what the connection between those two has to do with our relationship with Him. The more we study and the more we make His word an integral part of our lives, the more we will be able to grow, especially when those opportunities that develop our growth are presented to us. Let me encourage you to dig into God’s word that you may be fully prepared for growing more and more into the person God has created you to be.