Growing up as a little boy, the world seemed larger than life. I remember thinking that I would never be tall enough to reach the kitchen cabinet to get a cup to pour my own kool-aid or that I would ever be old enough to drive a car. Wow, that was a long time ago!
During that stage in my life, I couldn’t spell “physical development” and I certainly didn’t know what it meant. Looking back, I could have avoided many of my worries and frustrations if I had understood the maturation process and if I had waited patiently to grow in stature.
Likewise, we want inmates in prison to know that spiritual growth is a continuous process that doesn’t happen overnight.
When an inmate first receives Christ into their life they are considered a babe in Christ who feeds and grows from milk. The bible says “as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby” (1 Peter 2:2)
Additionally, we teach inmates that they don’t have to continue to take milk forever. They can begin to feed off solid food (the meat of God’s word). Hebrews 5:14 says “But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”
It’s exciting when an inmate learns that spiritual growth is normal!
God through His life changing word, provides hope for spiritual growth!