Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
What does it take to grow in Christ?
1. Discipline –spiritual discipline is essential for Christian growth and development. Hebrews 12:11:
At first it may be painful or grievous, but it will yield abundant blessings. For example, when you decide that you must lose weight, you begin to go through a process that is very painful and uncomfortable, but with discipline and hard work, your clothes fit better, you look and feel better. Discipline is not easy, but it is necessary. Spiritual discipline is a continual process that helps the believer mature in Christ and know God’s will. It is an attitude of commitment. This discipline never stops, though, it continues throughout the believer’s life. You never “arrive” at a level where you no longer have to be disciplined.
2. Commitment – Spiritual growth takes commitment. We must be committed to wanting to grow, realizing that that growth brings us closer to God. Just as we commit to other things in our lives – for example, going to work everyday in order to pay our bills or have the things we want – we must be committed to doing the things necessary to grow in Christ – studying His Word through Bible Study, Sunday School, getting involved with the ministry of the Church, witnessing of His goodness to others – all of the things that will help us grow! It takes commitment.
3. Obedience – Spiritual growth takes obedience. There is no use going through all of the motions of studying His Word, going to worship, etc. if you are not going to obey what His Word says. James 1:22-25 says
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
Growing in Christ is a process that takes discipline, commitment, and obedience. No one is a supersaint and no one grows overnight. If we want to be robed In the presence of God – if we want Him to overwhelm our being to the point that it is no longer us that people see but the Christ that radiates within us – if we want Christ to dwell richly in us, we must grow – be willing and available to grow. Are you willing and available to Grow Up?
c/Candie A. Price