I can remember several years ago I worked in the golf business as an Assistant Golf Professional. One of my duties was to give golf lessons, so of course I would have to be on my game in order to be able to teach others. Golf is not like riding a bike though. You have to continually practice if you’re going to maintain some level of skill and accuracy.
Our Christian walk is like that as well. If we’re to grow spiritually, we must work at it. We must make a concerted effort to not just leave God as an afterthought or religion or something we do on Sundays. We must pursue spiritual growth daily. With these tools and the help of the Holy Spirit within us, we can become more Christlike every day.
- Give Jesus Your All (Colossians 3:17). This may sound obvious, but many of us just leave Jesus out of our lives altogether or simply fit him in where we can. We need to be devoted to Jesus 100% and be willing to place him at the center of our lives where he belongs.
- Wage War Against Sin (Romans 8:13). All sin does is separate us from God and stunt our spiritual growth. We need to realize that sin is a serious matter to God regardless of how small or big the offense. We must work, one day at a time, to extinguish sin in our lives.
- Go The Extra Mile (Luke 10:38-42). How willing are you to put in the time needed to grow? We work hard at our hobbies or our jobs, shouldn’t we work even harder to grow spiritually? Purposely carve out time for prayer, Bible study and serving others and you will most definitely grow.
- Become A Disciple (John 8:31-32). A disciple is a life-long learner. We should let Jesus and his Word disciple us and teach us how we should live. We should also be discipled by other mature Christians who can teach us through their own experiences with God and with life.
Don’t simply walk through life on autopilot “but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).