GROWING IN CHRIST (Part 1)

Like Paul, our desire to know and grow in Christ should be the driving force of our lives. Everything else is rubbish compared to somehow participating intimately with the suffering of Christ. So here are a few reminders of how we should be growing. Regardless if you serve in worship ministry or somewhere else, these things are essential to becoming more like Christ in our daily lives.

Consider reading Philippians 3:7-11 as you think about your hunger for God in your heart and daily life. Paul’s desire far exceeded mine when I looked in the mirror. Sometimes it feels like those of us who don’t have a miraculous conversion story also lack in our desire to really know and serve the Lord.

How often are you reading the word of God? There is such value in the word of God and I stand ashamed to admit that I haven’t appreciated the word of God as I should. The bible says that the word is a “lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path” (Psalm 119:105) and I remember all of the times that I have walked around without direction and had even tried to lead my family without “light”. One of the verses that allows us to understand our need for the word of God is 1 Peter 2:2 where it says we should desire the God’s word like newborn babies. Wow, we need His word to literally grow up. The more mature worship ministries make it a point to reflect on the word of God in the songs being ministered to their congregations. This is something I will work harder towards.

I’ve noticed that in my walk with God as I get older, I’m becoming sensitive to sin in my life. Sin should bother us because it bothers God and “godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation” (Read 2 Corinthians 7:10-11). We must strive to become people who will stop at nothing to get back in right standing with Christ. Im thankful to God that He desires a relationship with me that in turn benefits me eternally! Our growth in Him is directly tied to the condition of our hearts and His word.

Suggested Prayer: Father I pray that you make me a person who values Your presence, Your words, and our overall relationship with You. Allow me to become so uncomfortable in my sin that I turn quickly turn away from it…to You. Like Paul, I realize because of my sin that I will never reach a place where I am spiritually mature enough, but help me to strive as I grow up and closer to you.

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