Nothing ever get’s accomplished without a plan. That is no less true when it comes to spiritual growth.
Millions of Christians have been believers for many years and have grown older without growing up. Just because you are aging does not mean you are maturing. I know a lot of very immature Christians who have professed to follow Jesus for decades. But without a plan, nothing of significance ever happens. They may have a plan to save for retirement. They may have a plan for sending their kids to college. But they don’t have a strategy for growing their faith. They leave the single most important facet of human existence to chance!
Any kind of growth requires some kind of plan. In a sense, the growth of living things is automatic, but still requires a plan to facilitate that growth. Babies left to themselves would die. They require a plan for feeding, resting, cleaning, exercising, interacting, learning, etc., in order to grow strong, healthy, and mature.
What is your plan for spiritual growth? Without one, you probably haven’t grown very much in a while, and that won’t change in the future. So maybe it’s time to put one together. Here are a couple of questions to spur it on.
- Where do I want to be spiritually this time next year?
- What things does God want to develop and grow in me?
- When can I block out 15 minutes to read my Bible every day?
- What place will I set aside as special for my daily time with God?
- Who in my world does God want me to focus on to share my faith with in the months ahead?
- How can I make my church participation more meaningful?
These questions are just to help you get started. In the weeks ahead, we’ll break down individual areas of spiritual growth and help you develop them further. After all, your faith journey is the most important thing about you to God. It needs to become the priority for you that it should be.
“You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong. So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding.” – Hebrews 5:12–6:1 NLT