Spiritual growth has three aspects that I am exploring in my message this week:
1) You must know what you need to know
2) You must grow in what you know
3) You must know how to keep growing
In a previous post I made the point that what you must know is Jesus. All spiritual growth begins with a personal saving spiritual through faith in Jesus Christ.
There is little value in knowing anything until you know Jesus.
Once you know Jesus you are to grow in that saving grace and in the knowledge of Jesus. The simple truth is until you live it you haven't learned it.
- Spiritual growth is a pattern
- Spiritual growth is progressive
Growth happens as you build on what you know by showing it in your behavior and in your speech and in your attitude and actions. In our Scripture text there are eight aspects of spiritual growth that lead to godliness. Each of those build on each other.
Progressive means that growth starts at some point and takes you to a better place. Progress can be measured as can the lack of progress.
- Spiritual growth is practical
Spiritual growth is evidenced in every day life. You know you have grown spiritually when you find the strength to overcome a trial or a temptation for the first time.
When you overcome a habit that has bound you for years you know you have grown in your spirit.
Or, when you find the courage to take a stand for Christ at your workplace you know you have grown.
Growth happens when you find the faith to live the spiritual truths and principles you have learned.
Spiritual growth is not a theory or a philosophy it is belief expressed in daily behavior. It is being a doer of the Word not just a hearer of the Word.
What is the evidence of spiritual growth in your life? Can you point to practical examples?