From the Pastor’s Desk June 9, 2013
But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Hebrews 5:14.
When we examine our lives, there comes a time when we must ask ourselves the question, where am I as it pertains to my spiritual growth? We must take an inventory of our everyday dealings and scrutinize our reactions and responses to the challenges we face in life. We are supposed to be Disciples of Christ; and discipleship is a process, not an event. Therefore, it demands spiritual growth. Dr. Tony Evans gives a simple formula regarding spiritual growth: rate multiplied by the time equals distance. This is very simple for us to understand; the speed at which one moves given the time that one has been saved will determine the spiritual distance one will cover. This why you can have Christians who have been saved five years who are more spiritually mature and better disciples of Christ than others who have been Christians for twenty-five years. They have moved at a faster pace within the time period since their salvation.
If we become complacent in our walk, where we neglect the study of God’s Word, and our prayer life becomes lackluster; our growth will then be stunted. Therefore, we will not be able to handle the trials and challenges that come our way. We will continue to react outside of the will of God because there is no real spiritual growth. Things should not irritate us and cause us to react negatively, instead of how the Scriptures instruct us to deal with situations; as I have stated on many occasions, “we are works in progress,” but it requires effort on our part to seek to grow spiritually. We must not take the stance, “Well that’s just the way I am” without trying to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We must “Study to show ourselves approved unto God…” 2 Timothy 2:15 and the word “study” means to give maximum effort to.
There is an illustration that should cause us to look intently at our lives as believers. It says, “We have all been driving down a road and have noticed a bright orange sign that reads, ‘Begin Construction.’ One thing about these signs is that they tend to remain around long after the construction work is over. If one of us were to announce that – for the time being – God’s construction in our lives was going to be halted, would our friends say, “I didn’t even know any construction was going on.”
Your servant in Christ,