No where in the bible does is say "Spiritual Growth." Why did Christians come up with this concept? Before I go any further let's break down the words.
Spiritual- of, relating to, or reflecting the human spirit
Growth - the process of developing or maturing
So we can say that Spiritual Growth is the human spirit in the process of maturing. So the question today is, "How can we become Spiritually Mature?"
God's will for everyone is to become Spiritually Mature.
1. Age does not make you Spiritually Mature
52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
1 Timothy 4:12
12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.
Yes, to grow in your relationship with Christ takes time, some are faster then others. Like Paul, he was one day a person that hated Christians, and in a few days he was preaching. You see in the verse above with Jesus, that it took time, but as he grew in stature he grew in wisdom.
Some young people are afraid to step up and set the example for the older. This includes me, I feel like that everyone that is older, is wiser then me, and most are. We need to get back to thinking about our relationship with God instead of comparing our relationship with everyone else's. Everybody's relationship is different.
2. Appearance doesn't make you Spiritually Mature
You know how some people just look Spiritually Mature? Now I am guilty of judging people's faith from the outside. It true, sometimes you can notice people body language. Body language is the action of there faith. You can say there deeds. Now there is the other body language, it's the language you notice when people talk, like there hand motions, and facial expressions.
Now appearance has nothing to do with Spiritually Mature but your faith and deeds do.
3. Faith and Deeds make you Spiritually Mature
17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
You may never grow spiritually without having action/deeds. I am not saying it is impossible. From experience it is impossible, for my relationship with God. It may be different with you. I look at it this way. How i love God is by my Actions. Praying for God to open doors to be a Action-Christian. This will improve your prayer life.
22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.
The person they are talking about is Abraham and his son Isaac. Abraham was instructed by God to sacrifice his son. So Abraham took(action) his son to sacrifice him, then right as he is about to, God stops him. This shows how Abraham's faith and action were working together. What he did made his faith complete with God making him Spiritually Mature.
Another blog about how I grow more spiritual mature click the link Getting Back to Basics
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