As we are closing in on the end of the year, there is a tendency to run after other things except after Christ. But this is the time to really focus our attention on the Lord and seek Him. You may have gained many things throughout the year but if you can’t see any spiritual growth then you are at a loss!
The aim of being part of church, be it in any of the meetings, is so that we grow spiritually.
If today you examine yourself and others look at you and there is no evidence of ‘Christ in you, the hope of glory’, then you are not growing spiritually.
It should be our utmost goal to have an encounter with Lord and allow Him to change you from the inside out; to grow and mature and look more like-Christ.
Just as we see our babies grow into children and into adults so also our Father in heaven desires to see us grow spiritually! He doesn’t want our growth to be stunted. Transformation means that growth is taking place. Our growth interests God more than bigger churches and bigger buildings.
Paul was irritated with the church of Corinth because they were not growing and the writer to the church in Hebrews was frustrated with them. They were still feeding on milk not ready for solid food because they were still worldly (1 Cor. 3:2-3; Heb. 5:12-14).
Examples on growth:
Hindrances to spiritual growth (Luke 8:13-14):
Why do we need to grow spiritually? To reach unity in the faith and knowledge in the Son of God, then we will no longer be infants. We will no longer be tossed back and forth by every wind of teaching and the crafting of people (Eph. 4:13-14).
Marks of spiritual growth:
How do we grow spiritually?: