This week I’ve shared posts about spiritual growth – how it happens and how to aid it’s development, but you may be wondering what the big deal is. Some women have the thought that when they get older then they’ll work on it then. Life is too busy right now to think about Bible study, prayer and a close walk with God. After all, their life is going along pretty good, so what’s the fuss about? Can I share a few reasons why it’s crucial that you’re a growing follower of Christ?
- Christ didn’t just die to save you from hell. He died to have a relationship with you, and you with Him! John 15:15 –Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. A believer is truly cheating themselves out on so many blessings when they don’t walk with the Lord each day. He gives direction, guidance, help, conviction when we veer off the path, acceptance, joy the world cannot give, and a purpose for this life we live on the earth. People that get saved and then ignore Christ are missing the whole point and will be saved, “so as by fire.”
- Trials don’t come with a warning. How can you be prepared for a crisis, then?
When a woman in the public eye learned that her husband was having an affair, how could she wake up in the morning and not be absolutely overcome with so much grief that she wouldn’t be able to function? How can parents endure the death of their infant? How do you face a health crisis of your own? Where do you turn for stability when a teen turns their back on everything they’ve been taught? The only way we can prepare for any crisis is by filling our hearts and minds with God’s Word and His promises and having them in our heart. It’s like having a room of ammunition ready to shoot at the lies that come to our hearts. Truth is in God’s Word. If we have waited until “some other day” to grow spiritually, you can bank on it – when a crisis comes, the only way to manage is to find a way out through substance abuse or escape. What a sad ending. Rather than having an anchor for our soul, we would be totally unstable. Now is the time to prepare for a storm.
- Your testimony is at stake. The psalmist said in Psalm 119:74, They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word. What do others see when they watch your life? Are you a Christian in name, but you don’t know what God’s Word says? Can you teach your children about the Bible, or is it a foreign book to you? Do others question the validity of your life as a follower of Christ because you know more of the world than you do of Christ and His Word? Our lives and words should match up, and that can only happen when we’re in the Word regularly, reading, studying, memorizing, making notes, and digging until we’ve heard from God. When we do that, it will change us! That’s a living testimony. Here’s how it will look:
- You’ll step out in faith because you know you can trust God.
- You’ll be a Word-filled person who speaks God’s Word to yourself and others.
- You’ll be sharing the Gospel with the lost, conscious of those around you that have not heard the Good news.
- You won’t fall apart in storms.
- You’ll be consistent – not perfect, but steady and sure, keeping your eyes on the goal of heaven and eternity.
Growing in Christ is for every one of us. If you struggle with a desire to grow, ask God to give you that longing. He will, and then watch what happens over a period of time – it will be another act of God’s amazing grace!
Let’s keep growing, friends, it will refresh you like nothing else in this world!