There is something to be said for the obvious and it is usually to the point. There is the time a lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store but couldn’t find one big enough for her family. She asked a stock boy, “Do these turkeys get any bigger?” The stock boy replied, “No ma’am, they’re dead.” I know… that was weak, but the point should be well taken: if we are not growing, obviously we are dead.
Peter would exhort, “as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby” (1 Peter 2:2). Our pursuit of God’s Word and its application will produce evidence of growth. Paul told Timothy to “meditate on these things (“to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine,” v. 13); give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all” (1 Timothy 4:15). Being alive in Christ mandates a steady diet of Divine Will and, as we assimilate and apply this new data, we will progressively become more like Christ (Romans 12:1-2).
As we approach the holiday seasons and the end of another year draws near, we have a great opportunity to incorporate some new habits right now. Why not begin a daily Bible reading; who says one has to wait until the beginning of the New Year? Why not rededicate yourself to assembly attendance; what a great example you would be to other Christians and the community? Why not ask an elder for a work of the church in which you can be involved; can you imagine the impact it would have on the church here if everyone who is idle began to be active?
It is time to grow and no one wants to be a dead turkey.