Why Am I Not Seeing Growth In That Believer’s Life?

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That little blue card sitting by itself is more than a pretty little note card – it was probably one of the biggest blessings of my week last week!  Let me explain…

The day before the arrival of that card, I’d had an email exchange with a friend in another state about a woman who had received Christ as her Savior this fall, but since then she’s not really desiring to come to church to grow.  That news saddened my heart.

It also reminded me of another lady (and other people) who accept Christ, but then seem to fall away, or not really show fruits of their salvation.  My husband and I chatted about it, stating our heavy hearts at these kinds of situations.  “Did they really get saved?”  “What’s wrong?”

The next morning in my quiet time, I talked to the Lord about it.  I prayed for this dear lady to have a hunger for God’s Word and the fellowship of God’s people.  I didn’t know it then,  but my husband was also praying about this need in young believer’s lives.

Our mail comes fairly early in the day, so not long after praying my husband went out to check the box, and brought a note in to me.  I read the card…and I wept.  It was like getting a card of encouragement from God Himself with a hug tucked inside.  Here’s part of the note that blessed my heart so much:

I was wondering if you remembered a lady named, ______________.  She attended a ladies’ retreat at Boones Creek several years ago. I saw her today and she was speaking fondly of the retreat.  If you remember, you gave her the plan of salvation and she claimed to have accepted Christ, but later said she had always known the Lord, so we wondered if she ever actually got saved.  Today she said to me “After I got saved at church…” meaning the day of the retreat.

She attends a local Baptist church and is growing in the Lord.  I thought you would like to know.

Oh, was she ever right!  I did love finding out that this dear lady had indeed been saved, and was now growing faithfully!  It was God’s loving nudge to me, saying, “Keep planting the seed and leave the results with me.”

“Yes, Lord, I will.  You do all things well.  This is your  business.  Help me to just obey!”

Can I just encourage you to learn from my lesson?  Don’t get discouraged if someone you know has been saved but isn’t growing at the rate you’d like to see.  God will do the sanctifying, just as He did the saving.

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Philippians 1:6

Keep sharing the Gospel and be refreshed as you refresh others!

 

4 thoughts on “Why Am I Not Seeing Growth In That Believer’s Life?”

  1. Wonderful post, Denise! Like you, I am very concerned about spiritual growth in the lives of believers. It’s so vital! And I know so many who just seem to still be spiritual infants. Some of them have been saved longer than I have, and it’s really sad. As our pastor always said, if we are not moving forward and growing spiritually in our Christian lives, we are moving backward. So true. (We are still in the process of searching for a pastor to replace ours — he retired in May.) I think sometimes we delude ourselves that if we’re not moving forward in the Christian life, we’re just standing still. Not so.

    I am so happy that your friend took the time to send you a note updating you on the spiritual growth of this one you’d been wondering about. I can only imagine what a huge blessing that was to your heart. God is so good to send us encouragement just when we need it. And what a great reminder that we can trust Him, the One who begins the work in hearts and lives, to complete it as we faithfully pray and look to Him. Thanks for this encouraging post today!

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  2. God will do the sanctifying! Exactly what I needed to hear today! Thank you for sharing your encouragement, and encouraging us through it!

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