How would Jesus measure your spiritual growth today.. Would you be as happy as the little girl in the picture if Jesus himself measured your spiritual growth today based on your fruits of spiritual maturity?
Life today is busy. Folks everywhere have schedules brimming with tasks and activities. Some weeks , it’s hard enough to make sure the bills are paid, meals are cooked, and the laundry is done- let alone to keep up with job responsibilities and relationships. Who has the time to focus on spiritual growth? The difficult truth is that as believers, we don’t have an option: we either grow spiritually or become stagnant. There is no middle ground. What about you? Would you say that you’re maturing spiritually- becoming more and more like Jesus in the way you think, speak, and act? Or is something holding you back in your relationship with Him?
Our spiritual growth ultimately depends on God as He perfects His work in us (Phil. 1:6) But many Christians avoid doing their part to mature in the Lord because of what it will cost them. They fail to realize that stalling their spiritual growth for the sake of worldly thing has a cost of its own- one far more serious and burdensome. This has all kinds of consequences, from making our relationships more difficult to weakening our ability to withstand temptation.
The wisest decision you can make is to set your heart , mind, and will on doing WHATEVER is necessary to grow up in Christ.
The fruit of Spiritual Maturity:
- Spirit-controlled character (Galations 5:22-25)
- Stability of sound doctrine (1 Tim. 4:6)
- Passion for Christ and His calling (Phil. 3:7-14)
- Increasing love for one another (1 Thess. 3:12-13)
- Ability to gently exhort others (2 Tim. 2:24-26)
- Discernment (Heb. 5:14)
- Godly wisdom (James 3:13-18)
- Increasing holiness in behavior (1 Peter 1:13-16)
Open your heart to the Lord and ask Him to reveal what you can do to keep moving forward. He may want you to give something up, or take something on. In any case, remember: Obedience always brings blessings- NOW AND IN ETERNITY!