“Now I say, that the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; but is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: but when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his son into your hearts, crying Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more servant, but a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” – Galatians 4:1-7
Every believer has the potential of son-ship with God. A child of God is subject to elements of this world, “tutors” and “governors” though redemption may have put him over those things and given him dominion. As long as he remains a child, he cannot exercise dominion, rather, he continues under the servitude of those things.
Many a times, what believers pray for are things they should grow into. No one gives his car to his five year old to drive, simply because the child wants to drive and he loves the child. This is not only dangerous to the child but to others in the environment. Believers are heirs and lords of all that the Father has (we know from Scriptures that all things were created by God and belong to Him).
However, until growth is in place, believers may continue to groan under the pressure of unfulfilled dreams of what God has already given unto us by redemption. Ephesians 1:3
People take deliberate steps to develop their intellect by enrolling in schools; go through academic rigors to have their intellect progress, expand and grow. It is important to know that deliberate steps are necessary to renew the mind, transform the soul spiritually and make the spirit buoyant.
For instance, the word of God is the only force that renews the mind (which is a major component of the soul). Natural knowledge (of science, art, humanities etc) can inform the mind (intellect); only the word of God has what it takes to renew the mind to line up with the spirit.
At new birth, the spirit becomes a new creature. II Corinthians 5:17. The mind (which is the link between the spirit and the body) does not have a clue about what has happened. That is why the mind still wants to engage the in old thoughts of the “works of the flesh” even after new birth. Galatians 5:19-21
When the mind is getting renewed by the word of God on issues of life to line up with the spirit, the process of spiritual growth has started. Spiritual growth has no end! Growth must continue otherwise, groaning will set in. Where growing stops is where groaning begins.
Engage the word of God for your spiritual growth. Ingest, assimilate and absorb the spiritual nutrients in the word through consistent reading, study, meditation for your mind renewal! Let no day pass without repeating the sequence.
Scriptures for meditation: Romans 12:1-2; Colossians 3:16