When I was a child, our church had a children’s play that included Amy Grant’s song “Fat Baby.” I don’t remember anything else about the play, but I thought that song was hilarious. If you haven’t heard it, it describes a man who is a Christian, who attend church regularly, yet he is a spiritual baby. He made all the right choices when he became a Christian, then he failed to grow spiritually.
Where do you stand in your spiritual growth? Odds are, if you aren’t taking steps to grow spiritually, you are stagnating instead.
Why Should I Grow Spiritually?
If I have the gift of salvation, why should I go through the uncomfortable process of spiritual growth? Well for one thing the Bible tells us that if we are really saved, then we will see the fruit of our salvation in our lives. Listen close here; our fruit doesn’t save us. Spiritual fruit isn’t the catalyst for our salvation, it is the product of it. If I am saved I should desire to obey God.
The Bible Tells Me to Grow Spiritually.
The author of Hebrews laments the spiritual immaturity of his readers. He has more to tell them, but they are too dependent on spiritual milk to understand. Think about meat versus milk. Unless you are a vegetarian you’d likely get much more satisfaction from a nice steak than from a glass of milk.
If you don’t take steps to grow spiritually, you are missing out. Hebrews was written to early Jewish converts to Christianity. They came from a faith of rules and regulations. Yet the author of Hebrews is encouraging them to rise above the works centered ideas they had embraced, and to “go on to maturity.”
To Fulfill the Great Commission.
If I am honest, it can be scary to share my faith. It’s not something most like to admit. It’s far easier to hang a Bible verse on the wall of our office, or post something inspirational on social media and hope that will be enough. These things are fine, but they are not an effective way to share your faith.
Rather than beat yourself up over this, let’s try something else. Today give this to God. Let him know that you want to want this. Then begin where you are. Even though I often feel uncertain when I have an opportunity to share my faith, God and I have talked. I am not a spiritual baby, so I have the head knowledge of what it takes to share my faith. The rest is in his hands. After all he tells us not to worry when we stand before someone to give our testimony, so if I follow his lead in this and it doesn’t go well, well God is in charge of what happens with my words.
To Know God and Worship Him
I feel like I could name reasons to grow spiritually for a long time. But this is what it boils down to. If you never grow spiritually you haven’t tasted the deep goodness of God. If we stop giving him glory, the very rocks will cry out in our place. That is an amazing being who is so deserving of glory that his creation can’t help but worship him.
God deserves all that I have to give him. When I unconditionally surrender to him, I am allowing my self to be molded into the best possible tool for him to use.
Where to Begin- Bible Study
There are so many parts to spiritual growth, so for today I want to start with the basics; prayer and Bible study. If you want to grow spiritually I’m guessing that you are hoping to hear God’s voice in this. He has graciously given us his Word that is full of his character and instructions.
It is from knowing the Bible that we hone our ability to distinguish good from evil. How can God convict you of sin in your life unless you are exposing yourself to his truth? I have been wrestling lately with how to handle the times in my life when I don’t necessarily crave the Bible. Those days when I have a migraine or have been up the night before and I’m just plain worn out.
For those days and for you if you are struggling with the desire to read the Word, I hope you will take Psalm 119:36 to heart today. ” Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!” Do you see that? The Psalmist is asking God to incline his heart towards Scripture. On those days when I’m just not feeling it, I ask God to change my heart. I ask him to bring back that hunger. I also take the step of opening my Bible and reading, trusting that as I read he will make me crave more.
Where to Begin- Prayer
I hope that you come away from this post with the suggestion to begin where you are. Go to your Father in prayer and petition him for direction. Give him your honesty. If you don’t really want to grow spiritually because you are afraid it will be uncomfortable, tell him! Ask him to change your heart. Choose one time of your day that you are using for something else and let it trigger you to pray instead. Use your drive to work, or the time you make beds or anytime and change it into a time with eternal significance.
Look for my next post on spiritual growth next week. In the meantime, I highly encourage you to sign up for my free course on How to Study the Bible if you’d like to study more, but aren’t sure how to begin.
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