The Bible says in Luke, chapter 2, verse 52 "And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man."The Greek word for "increased in" is PROEKOPTERT…it means to ‘advance’ or to ‘keep cutting one’s way forward as through a forest or a jungle.’ Jesus is a perfect example and model of personal growth.
He grew in:
Wisdom: Wisdom is skill in living, not just knowing what to do but actually doing it. Wisdom entails living the way God intends for you to live.
Favor with God: You must maintain a healthy relationship with Christ through Bible study, prayer and deep intimacy.
Stature: When you gain favor with God, and you walk in wisdom, your stature will increase in the eyes of others.
In this first month of 2013, make sure that you have a personal growth plan and design a specific journey of growing in wisdom, favor and stature. Nothing is more vital or needed in your life.
My challenge to you this new year is to "grow up." I am speaking in spiritual terms. I have watched my two grand babies grow from bottles to baby food to "table food" these past few months. It is time that we as believers move from milk to meat.
Dive in…take the steps you need to grow. Read your Bible, STUDY your Bible, pray and have an intimate relationship with Jesus. Be active in church, get involved and serve. Let God do something amazing in your life this year.