A question each of us should ask ourselves from time to time is, are we growing spiritually?
The Apostle Paul advises us in 2 Corinthians 3:18 that “we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” In other words, we should be growing in His image and changing to become more like Christ. Are you growing?
Luke 2:52 tells us just how Jesus grew. Luke says “And Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man.” This says that he grew intellectually, physically, spiritually and socially.
If you are growing in wisdom, it says that you are challenging yourself by studying not only the word of God but you are also exposing yourself to worldly events to understand how you should impact others as a Christian in a dynamically changing environment. Depending on your age, you might still be growing physically, but even if you are an adult you should strive to grow healthier physically.
Growing spiritually involves intentionality. Studying the Bible, interacting with others in Bible study or Sunday school or in other small groups and receiving God’s word through worship will create growth when prayer is included. This is all part of God’s plan for your life. Chances are if you are not growing spiritually you are not growing as God has designed you socially.
Jesus grew in favor with God and with man which means He grew spiritually and socially. One area can impact the other positively or negatively. Are you growing spiritually?
I encourage you to be intentional about your personal growth or you are leaving something on the table. In other words, there is potential in you that has not been fully put to use if you are not growing. Decide that this will become a priority for you!
The Rev. Elijah Ray is pastor of Wyatt’s Chapel Baptist Church. This column is an article he wrote for the church newsletter.