It is pretty interesting to observe babies- when I helped to look after my baby niece. Such experiences have distilled many truths about growing up:
(a) Infants need food- they start with milk.
(b) Infants will grow up if they keep drinking milk. But when they reach a certain age, they can take solid foods, and grow into the next stage of life.
(c) Infants automatically cry for feed when hungry
(d) Because of regular feeding, infants grow bigger and stronger, and outwardly changed.
In the same context, God has much to say:
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation. (1 Peter 2:2); I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. (1 Corinthians 3:2)
Spiritual babies eventually have to grow up. If their growth is stunted, it may be a result of not being hungry for spiritual foods. In order for growth to happen, we must first be thirsty and hungry in order to ingest any intake. The Bible tells us that God “satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things” (Psalm 107:9). And spiritual growth has to be intentional; when one is truly hungry for the things of God.
How to be hungry for God and grow up? I was just inspired to “formulate” a growth strategy, which will lay the foundation for intentional growth.
G = GO to God for His Words and in prayers, daily (Jeremiah 33:3)
R = RELY on Holy Spirit always (Ephesians 3:20)
O = OBEY God moment to moment (Jeremiah 7:23)
W = WALK in the Spirit at all times (Galatians 5:25)
T = TRUST God day by day (John 14:1)
H = HUMBLE yourself in need of Him each and every day (John 15:5)