One of the many paradoxes of the Christian faith is this: in order to mature and grow up in Christ, you have to “grow down” in the ways of the world. According to Michael Kelley, growing down means recovering a childlike ( not childish) faith which includes dependence, simplicity, transparency, trust, wonder, passion, innocence and rest. Not easy to do in a life and society that is complex and encourages us to be independent, constantly busy and worried about the future. Kelly quotes C.S. Lewis:
“People need to be reminded more that instructed.”
and goes on to say:
“…we are becoming what we have already become. Growth in Christ is about aligning our thoughts, feelings and actions to the reality of God’s finished work in our hearts….”
We often forget that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross really did finish sin, death and the devil. Their power over us has been broken for good. We don’t have to do more, we simply need to truly believe and rest in our delightful inheritance as God’s beloved children. This requires changing our focus so that we abide in Jesus instead of the worldly attitudes that distract and control us.
Verdict: This book is not very deep, but it is clear, easy to follow and theologically sound. I would certainly recommend it to others, particularly newer Christians. I give it four stars. If you would like more information or want to order it, follow the link below: