“And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” ~ Luke 2:52
That’s right. He grew four ways: in wisdom (mentally, intellectually; in mind), in stature (or strength; physically; in the ability to do things to His glory), in favor with God (spiritually; in His soul), and in favor with men (socially; in His heart for others).
Because we are all created differently, each of us is going to have strengths and weaknesses in each of those four areas of life and perception. (Jeff Childers of ACU has quite a wonderful way of graphing those differences, in fact.) So, as a community of believers, we have an opportunity to grow and fill out each other’s deficits and have our deficits enriched by their gifts.
But, don’t you think God wants us to grow in all four dimensions, just as Jesus did?
(Remember Ephesians 3:14-20 from the previous post?)