3 Critical Steps To Spiritual Growth – The Introduction
What is Spiritual Growth
Spiritual growth is not an automatic process; but rather a journey that begins with a leaving and ends with a cleaving. We have to leave this old world and its sorrows behind and cleave unto Christ and the things of the Kingdom of God. When we grow spiritually, the old sinful and unregenerate nature inside of us begins to give way to the new ‘Christ-like’ nature.
The process of spiritual growth takes time and effort. Furthermore, at various stages of the process, we face different challenges. The temptations to give up will be greater, especially for those who are now starting out on this life long journey. Many believers will stumble and fall along the way. However, the irony is, these setbacks are the very things that launch us into periods of intense spiritual growth. Moreover, the Bible has these words of assurance,
But to as many, as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the right [the authority, the privilege] to become children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name—– John 1:12 (AMP)
The Results of Spiritual Growth
Many changes take place as a result of spiritual growth. Some changes we can notice immediately – like the inner yearning for more of the things of the Spirit of God. Furthermore, other changes are only made manifest during the time of more difficult challenges. Real spiritual growth results in the development of an ever-increasing trust and faith in God. There is also a decrease in the frequency and severity of sin in our lives.
Speaking of his own spiritual growth, the apostle Paul wrote:
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.– 1 Cor. 13:11
Move to the Next Level
Regardless of what stage we are in our walk with God, every believer is called to grow in Christ, and to move on towards spiritual maturity. There is a ‘higher calling’ – the next level to which we must attain. Those who desire maturity are persistently reaching for that next level. Listen to these words from the song, “Higher Ground”:
“My heart has no desire to stay where doubts arise and fears dismay;– John Oatman Jr.
Though some may dwell where these abound, my prayer, my aim, is higher ground.”
What’s your desire? Is it for a walk that is close to your God? If your desire is to grow and experience new levels of spiritual growth, and you have a hunger and thirst for more of the things of God, then these episodes on the three critical steps to spiritual growth are for you. They have helped me get to where I am today, and I am sure they will help you, as you journey towards a life of spiritual maturity in Christ Jesus.