When God’s Word Grows
“But the word of God grew and multiplied.” Acts 12:24
People were being saved. Lives were changed. The church was overcoming intense persecution. More people were saved. Many were added to the church. Church leaders were imprisoned. The Lord led several jail breaks. In Acts chapter 12, Peter is released from jail by the Lord and walks to a church prayer meeting in the upper room at Mark’s mothers house. Rhoda answered the door and did not believe it – Peter was supposed to be in jail. The Lord did a miracle in this escape. So many miracles are accounted for in the Book of Acts.
When the Bible says: “The Word of God Grew” it does not mean that their “Bible” was getting bigger. While the entire Bible was not yet committed to parchment, it does not mean new books of the Bible were being written. It means two things: The number of Christians increased and the level of discipleship increased in each believer. Consider how we as Christians are responsible to put ourselves in a place where we see the Word of God growing in our lives.
More People. Many churches and individual Christians settle on the idea that spiritual growth is exclusive of numerical growth, but that is not correct thinking. When the Word grew in the book of Acts, more people were saved and numbers of more people were added to the local church. Avoid spiritualizing the lack of visitors at church, or the lack of people being saved as a “sign of the times” or a lack of spiritual interest on the part of others. It could be we do not see the church grow because we do not care that it grows, do not think that it can grow or in selfishness do not want it to grow. May the Lord grow His word in our hearts so that we in response live it and give in and the yield can be an increase in the numbers of people attending church.
Greater Maturity. Spirit growth is a goal in each Christians life. Becoming more like Jesus is what the Christian life is all about. Philippians 2:5 says imperatively: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” Developing the mind of Christ happens when we not only read through the Bible, but let the Bible get through us. To think, speak, and act like Jesus is a natural progression for a spiritualy focused person. Each day we are striving to be more like Him. This can only happen as we read the Word, hear the Word preached, and practice living the Word.
Bible reading and Bible study can change your life. There was a man named William McPherson who read through the Bible faithfully. The American Bible Society reports: “He was the superintendent for a stone quarry when a blast severely injured him. He lost his eyesight and both hands in the explosion. He was determined to read the Bible, and learned to read raised letters with the tip of his tongue. It is said that he read through the Bible four times in this manner.” The Word grew in his life.
For some of us when God’s Word grows in us, we will go to church more often. Others will read the Bible more frequently. Some will step up to a teaching or support role in the church. There are many needs in a local church for Christians who are continuing their spiritual growth. If you have arrived spiritually, please do not apply for a position. Churches need people who are consistently allowing God’s Word to grow in their lives.
No matter what may happen to you in the coming days, you can rely on God’s Word to help you. Persecution, trouble, health issues, job loss, loved ones hurting – no matter what – the Bible will help you get through it. The miracle for us today is the same as it was back then. We will not see jail doors open or the laying on of hands for healing, but we can see the miracle of people being saved, lives and families being changed, and new people coming to church. We can see the Word of God multiplied in our lives and in the lives of those around us as we decide to be more like Jesus each day.
When God’s Word grows, it includes more people developing greater maturity in allowing the Word to shape their mind to be like Christ.