From the moment we’re saved, the Holy Spirit places an insatiable impulse within us to grow in the Christian life. Suddenly there are desires present that were not present before salvation that drive us to read the Scriptures, to pray, to share our faith with others, and to sit under sound teaching and preaching — all for the purpose of growing. This growth isn’t an end in itself. It’s not necessarily meant to make us smarter intellectually, or better equipped to deal with the problems of this life, or even in order to become some elite Christian. This growth has a goal, and that goal is a person, our Lord, and Savior Jesus Christ.