Our Spiritual Growth Chart

grwothchartRemember those growth charts you’d tape to the doorway to check regularly how much a child has grown? Kids were always excited to see they had inched up the chart. To grow was exciting!

Position a spiritual growth chart on the wall of your mind. Where would you place the mark for where you were in your walk with the Lord a year ago at the beginning of 2013? Where would you put the mark for where you are right now, at the beginning of 2014?

Healthy physical growth results, in major part, from good nutrition: eating vegetables, whole grains, Twinkies. No Twinkies? OK, scratch the Twinkies. Physical growth also depends on a good environment and exercise.

Similarly, spiritual growth is the result of good nutrition. Reading the Bible regularly is key; self-feeding is what we need to be. The best environment is to regularly surround ourselves with fellow Christians in a small group and in a worship service. Spiritual exercise comes from serving the Lord through a ministry within the church and reaching out to the needs of those outside the church.

The apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonian Christians, “We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.” (2 Thessalonians 1:3) I’m thinking it would be great if we could all be thankful for the spiritual growth we see in ourselves and in those fellow followers of Christ we know a year from now! Let’s keep growing!

 

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