Welcome to the family of God! You have made the best and most important decision of your life. By accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour you have become a child of God.
You have started on an exciting journey with Father God as your biggest encourager, Jesus as your example and Holy Spirit as your Guide.
You now need to continue to grow in your new relationship with God and in so doing grow stronger in faith.
Growing in Christ
Growing in our relationship with God is something we will continue to do until the very last day of our lives or until Jesus comes back for His bride. There are levels of maturity that we reach, but the process of growing closer to God and becoming more like Jesus is a journey that continues for the rest of our lives. It is an exciting journey because the more we intimately know God the more we are transformed into His image from glory to glory (2 Cor 3:16-18).
Elements of Spiritual Growth
The Word of God
There is no doubt that the most powerful way to grow spiritually is through the Word of God.
“Therefore laying aside all malice and all guile and hypocrisies and envying, and all evil speaking, desire the sincere milk of the Word, as newborn babes, so that you may grow by it; if truly you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” (1Peter 2:1-3)
Just as new babies need milk for nourishment, and a seed needs water to become a big tree, so newborn spiritual children of God also require good nourishment for growth.
“But He answered and said, It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Matt 4:4)
In the life and times of Jesus, bread was the main food in the Jewish diet. They relied on its sustenance for nourishment and growth. The Lord tells us in the above verse that in order to live spiritually, we need the words of God. Notice also that we need every word, not just some portions.
Even as more “mature” believers we sometimes neglect God’s word and His instructions and promptings. This should be a good indication to new believers that time in God’s word is of utmost importance. Our desire is to see all believers come to a place of maturity in Christ, to be skillful believers, ready for the meat of God’s word. We are privileged to have the Bible, the inspired, written Word of God at our fingertips and we should make every effort to spend quality time digging into it.
“For the Word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing apart of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” Heb 4:12
God has given His Word through the Holy Spirit incredible power to be able to shape our lives if we invite and allow it.
“There is no area of human personality which God’s word does not penetrate.” ~Derek Prince
God did not design us to live for Him on our own, we were shaped for community. We read in Acts 2 that the early church devoted themselves to ‘being together’. They broke bread from house to house and shared all the things they had with each other.
If God’s Word is the water that makes a seed grow then living in a Kingdom community is the soil in which the seed is planted. This does not mean that we as children of God must isolate ourselves from the rest of the world, but we must remember that we need each other.
It is in a family of believers where Godly principles and values are built into my life. It is also in this context that I begin to discover and can exercise the gifts I’ve been given.
It is therefore vital to belong to a local church; a congregation where I receive spiritual food, enjoy real fellowship and can serve with what the Lord has given me. (1 Pet 2:5)
Prayer simply means talking to God and the more you talk to someone the better you get to know them. Prayer is therefore not only about bringing our requests to God but about so much more.
Through prayer we:
- Give Him thanks (1Tim 2:1)
- Praise and worship Him (Heb 13:15)
- Wait on Him (Ps 27:14)
- Listen to Him (John 10:27)
- Ask Him for personal needs (Phil 4:6-7)
- Intercede for others (1Sam 12:19)
- Confess sin (1John 1:19)
- Do spiritual warfare (Eph 6:10-18)
“Pray without ceasing” 1 Thess 5:17
Sharing with others
It is very important for us as believers to share the good news that we have received with others. This is after all the great commandment: That where we go we should make more disciples of Jesus, baptizing and teaching them everything we know. (Matt 28:18-20)
When we start to focus on the people around us and not only on our needs we also start to experience more of God’s blessing in our lives.
“I have shown you all things, that working in this way we ought to help the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)
God has commanded us to influence the world around us and as we do we grow closer to Him. As you also then grow in leading others you will also experience how your spiritual life takes on a new dimension.
God wants us to grow in Him. Like a small seedling grows to be a majestic tree or a baby grows to be a mature man.
Devote yourself to the following to help you grow spiritually:
- Reading and studying God’s Word
- Fellowship in a local church
- Sharing with others
May you continue to seek and serve God with all your heart for the rest of your life!