Wednesday, June 29, 2016
“Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.” Colossians 2:6-7
It is important to understand that the most basic thing involved in the Christian life is growth—one’s movement toward maturity. Without this, the Christian life is destined to be dwarfed and inefficient, powerless and unattractive. We are called to grow up in Christ, to be built up and established in our faith, and to mature as sons of God.
As children of God we go through stages of growth – we are maturing spiritually. And, as we upgrade our faithfulness, being faithful to the process of growth and development is part of the package.
Maturity in the Body of Christ is needed. God is looking for a people who are willing to seek His Kingdom first, share His love with others, teach others what they have learned, demonstrate His power and reveal His glory in the earth.
Just as we wouldn’t expect healthy growth from a plant if we neglected it (never remembering to water it or give it light)- we cannot expect spiritual growth if neglect to do what is needed.
Today, I share with you some tips to help you on your journey of spiritual maturity:
- M – make bible study a priority (Isaiah 28: 9-10; 1 Peter 2: 2-3; 2 Timothy 2:15).
- A – acknowledge that challenges and difficulties are part of the process (James 1: 2-4).
- T – take responsibility for your growth (Psalm 51:3).
- U – understand that God has given the grace for you to grow (1 Corinthians 3:10; 15:10)
- R – respond accurately in all circumstances of life. Let your response be guided by the Word of God (James 1: 22-25).
- I – imitate Christ in every area of life (3 John 11).
- T – totally rely on the Holy Spirit daily (John 16:13).
- Y – yield all of you to God (James 4: 7)
(Adapted from “Spiritual Maturity” by Diann J. Wilson)
While you ponder this list, remember that growth is a process. It doesn’t happen over night. It takes intentionality, sacrifice, humility and faithfulness.
The process is not easy, growing up is quite uncomfortable at times. But, as faithful lovers of God, we must do what is needed to grow and develop in Him. The Kingdom needs strong and healthy Ambassadors!
As you determine to be faithful to the process of growing in God, don’t forget to give thanks to God as you go through this life- long journey. It’s working together for your good and the rewards are so great!