Pursuing Spiritual Growth

spiritual growthI 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).

-Joe

Spiritual Growth

image2 Peter 3:18- “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.”

2 Timothy 2:15- “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”

2 Peter 1:5-8- “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;  and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.  For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Ephesians 3:14-19-  For this reason I kneel before the Father,  from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.  I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,  so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,  may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,  and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

Colossians 3:16-  Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”

Philippians 1:6, 9-10- “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,  so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.”

Ephesians 4:14-15- “Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.  Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.”

 

What is the Christian Life…A Life of Spiritual Growth

Growing up is such a natural process that we sometimes take it for granted.  As the father of a seven-year old, I’ve been witness to a lot of growth recently; physically, mentally, and spiritually.  This may be one of the most important blessings of parenting.  And yet we sometimes believe that growth ceases once we reach adulthood.  Sure, physical growth slows (except for expanding waistlines), but what about our spiritual growth.  In reality, our lifetime walk with God is an opportunity to grow spiritually, to come into a better understanding of God and his plan for our lives.  The church, the body of Christ, is strengthened due to this spiritual growth and if we want to present a healthy church to our God, we must be willing and open to let him spiritually work in our lives.  The difficult truth is we will experience growing pains at times.  The world will try to mold us into its image.  We must be diligent, always pursuing God’s truth and wisdom and he will surely bless us with the talents and traits needed to best serve him and others.  Read Ephesians 4: 11-16 (below) and see if you’re not convinced God is ready to help you spiritually grow into the man or woman you were created to be.

  ” So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built upuntil we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

  Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.   Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.  From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”

-Joe