Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Are You Growing Spiritually?

Ephesians 4:15
'...in all things grow up into Him...that is Christ.'

Spiritual growth does not happen automatically, we must decide to grow into maturity. We must take delight in our spiritual journey. Some Christians make the excuse that their lives are just to hard to focus on growing spiritually. Yet often is the case that where there is hardship there is much growth.

Some Christians get stuck in spiritual infancy because their life is either to busy, or just to good! Is this you? Some say that they'll get around to focusing on spiritual growth when things change; problem is it never happens. Growth always begins with a decision. '...Follow Me and be My disciple...so Matthew got up and followed Him,' Matthew 9:9

Matthew didn't understand, at the time, all the implications of his decision to follow Jesus, he simply made a quality decision to follow. This is all it takes to get started, a decision. If you're already on the road of spiritual growth, good on you. But if you know that you're stuck in spiritual infancy, then take this word to heart and get started.

It all begins with a quality decision; a decision to commit to maturing in Christ. Nothing shapes your future better than the decisions you make today. Want to know what you'll look like in twenty years from now? Then examine the commitments and priorities that rule your life now.

Commit today to growing up in Christ; commit to following Christ no matter what the cost. Set spiritual growth as a priority in your life and commit to it, and God will back you up all the way.  Remember, every choice we make in life has consequences so choose wisely; make Christlike choices, then depend on God to help you fulfill those choices.

Here are three Christlike choices that we should all be committed to making daily:

1) Reading, studying, and meditating in the scriptures.
God's word is food for the reborn Christian. Peter said in 1 Peter 2:2, 'like newborn babies [you should] long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may be nurtured and grow in respect to salvation [its ultimate fulfillment].

2) Practicing the word
We must work at applying Biblical principles to grow and become effective in the Lord's work. '...exercise thyself unto godliness,' 1 Timothy 4:7. We must be doers of the word and not hearers only. See James 1:22

3) Fellowship with mature believers
It is a well known truth that we become like those we associate with whether for good or bad. Getting around other believers who are committed to growing in Christ will have a positive effect on your own growth.  You'll be challenged to grow when you're rubbing shoulders with other Christians, see Colossians 3:16

There is no shame in being a babe in Christ if you were born again a few months ago, but if you've been saved for several years and you're still an infant, then there is something wrong with the choices you've been making. So choose today to grow up in Him, it's never to late to get started.


Have a blessed day
Paul
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