“but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18
As Christians, we are called not only to stay firm in the faith, but also to grow in it. When life’s troubles try to bring us down, it is not always easy to stand strong. On our own we are weak, but in Christ we are strong, which is why we must build our relationship with him. We are not perfect, and there is always room for personal development; there isn’t a soul on this Earth that doesn’t have a personal struggle. But growing in Christ allows us to overcome our weaknesses, develop into the person God wants us to be, and help others to do so, as well.
Jesus was the ultimate personal development guru. He was the only perfect man and the Son of God, so naturally there wasn’t much room for improvement. However, he was also human, and he was tested and tried just like we are. Yet he held fast and did not break. Throughout his lifetime, his words helped countless people to grow spiritually. Even today, he speaks to us through the Holy Spirit and through his Word.
Reading the Bible one of the most important things you can do to develop as a Christian. God intended for it to lay down the spiritual law and direct us on the right path in life. He has spoken it and preserved it so that we can learn from it and grow spiritually as a result. We are all children of God who need encouragement and instruction to develop into mature Christians.
We need spiritual growth not only to benefit ourselves, but also to benefit others. In this life, we all need someone who will support us, encourage us, and be there for us. While God undoubtedly fits that description, a human being whom we can physically lean on is always a blessing. So how can you be a friend whose light shines for Christ? Grow spiritually, and you can help others grow in the process. If you break under every weight the world puts on your shoulders, how can you hope to lift anyone else up? You have to develop as a Christian so that you can stand strong in the faith before you can help others develop.
Our goal as followers of Jesus is to extend his kingdom on Earth and to glorify his name in all that we do. We are meant to love one another so that we may all make personal improvements according to God’s word. We must strive to close the gap between God and us so that we can be closer to him and further away from the material things of the world. For though we live in the world, we are not of it. Spiritual growth is therefore a crucial aspect of our faith walk.
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