By: Lisa Amrhein.
You may have only been walking with Jesus for a short time or you may have been walking with Him for many years. You may have found yourself in a spiritual rut…doing the same things repeatedly, but not feeling as if you are growing spiritually or deepening your relationship with Jesus. You may think: Now what? How do I continue to grow?
We all know that we are called to continue to develop and grow as disciples.
“Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” – Hebrews 5:13-14
As we continue to dive deeper into His word we will come to know God more. This lends itself to growth and can be accomplished not only by reading the word daily, but through devotions, books, podcasts, study groups, etc. A biblically sound sermon filled with scripture also lends itself to growth. It causes us to examine our hearts and make changes in our actions as needed.
We also know that time at the feet of Jesus, we deepen our relationship with Him. We will not grow spiritually if we are apart from Him. We can not accomplish anything eternal if we are not connected to Him.
“Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15:4-5
We must be searching and drawing from the vine (Jesus) constantly. Our relationship with Him will grow and deepen as a result, but we must abide in Him. Abide…not visit, not come and then go, but live and remain with Him. Abiding is lasting and enduring. As we draw closer to Jesus, we will bear much fruit, more than we could ever imagine.
God will continue to guide us on our paths as His disciples who are spreading His kingdom. Our paths may look different and our growth may look different because our callings may be different. We each possess different talents, so our callings will be different. Our spheres of influence will be different. Our differences are to be used to unify us into one body of believers who work together to spread the good news. Do not compare your growth to someone else’s growth. We are all at different stages along our paths. Each walk is personal in nature and each part serves a purpose. We can all learn from one another no matter how far along our walk is. We grow as individuals and in community from sharing our experiences and talents with one another.
“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.” -1 Corinthians 12:4-7
We continue to grow as followers of Jesus, when we continue to dive into His word, spend time in His presence, and work together using our different gifts to further His kingdom. Let us think about how we can prepare ourselves to be used for His glory as we walk with Him. Imagine the boundless growth and journey that lies ahead!
- Read Jeremiah 29:13. Reflect on your walk with Jesus. How have you changed along the way? Think of that growth and let it inspire you to find ways to seek Him more.
- Read John 15:1-8. Think about picking up a beautiful bouquet of roses from the store. How long will they last in the vase? Why will they not continue to thrive? What happens when we try to accomplish something that is apart from Him?
- Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-31. What does this scripture say about unity among believers? How does diversity help us to work together? How does this allow for growth?
- Comparison is an easy trap to fall into, unfortunately. Is there somebody that you admire spiritually, maybe somebody in your local church or that you’ve known? How can you turn that comparison into inspiration?
- Are you aware of the stages of a butterfly. The stage called chrysalis is the form a caterpillar takes before it emerges from its cocoon as a fully formed moth or butterfly. So if you feel like you are in a waiting period, God is still doing something. Stay present, in His word, and in prayer by that you can do what God has you to do.