God doesn’t want us to remain as spiritual babies for life, he wants us to grow in Christ and be ‘imitators’ of him. Just like real babies, spiritual babies don’t grow on their own – they need a family of some kind, they need people in their lives who can guide and instruct them. The bible uses a word for growth, it’s called discipleship. Discipleship is the process by which we grow from a spiritual baby to a spiritual adult. It is maturing in our faith; we are getting stronger and starting to produce spiritual fruit. We are developing spiritual muscles. Expecting spiritual growth by attending church ‘service’ or watching ‘church online’ is as ludacris as expecting random spare parts to come together as a car without human help.
The Bible tells that God makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love” (Ephesians 4:16 N LT).
Spiritual growth takes place when we do Christian life together. If we are serious about making the most in our life of things that really matter, things we will carry on to eternity, then we need to invest in each other. Like iron sharpens iron the way God designed us to live as believers is in the context of God’s family who helps us grow.