Our toddler likes to sing, “Read your Bible and pray everyday, pray everyday, pray everyday. Read your Bible and pray everyday so you can grow, grow, grow.” This is just one of the many songs he learned at daycare.
I thought about the simple words and the powerful message they convey. We ought to read our Bibles daily, pray daily and when we do this, we will grow spiritually.
Peter wrote, “Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious” (1 Peter 2:1-3). The way to grow is to put aside all bad things–things that are not of God such as malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, speaking evil and to desire the pure milk of the Word. We read, study, meditate on God’s Word and apply it to our lives. This is the only way for us to grow. So, reading the Word is the first step but the next step should be asking God how can we apply what we have read to our lives. And then we do what He reveals to us.
Spiritual growth comes from reading or hearing the Word of God and then doing it as James pointed out when he said, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does” (James 1:22-25).