What if we made 2019 the year for spiritual growth? Many of us set goals and plans for the new year, but how many have anything to do with spiritual growth? For Christians today, it’s too easy to become lethargic in our faith. After all, we’ve been doing the same thing week after week and year after year for what seems like forever. Don’t allow the repetition of your faith practices to lull you into a spiritual coma. We need growth, spiritual growth. If we’re not growing, we’re dying.
Here’s the harsh reality about making 2019 a year for spiritual growth. Growing spiritually in 2019 will require effort. You can’t just sit and do nothing and expect to grow. You will grow spiritually if you will constantly gather with God’s people for worship and Bible study. And if you really want to see some growth, step out of your comfort zone and find a ministry in the church and get involved. Involvement in the church leads to deeper relationships with other Christians and more time spent in good Christian fellowship. It requires effort to find your ministry and your place to make a difference for the kingdom.
Finally, if your plan is to grow spiritually this year, then you need to be serious about studying the Bible and prayer. We hear a lot about Bible study and prayer but do we practice those spiritual necessities away from the church building in our personal lives? You don’t have to be a Bible scholar but you do need to be a Bible student. Pick a Bible book you’re interested in and commit to reading through it a few times and then move on to the next. Make it a practice to begin and end your day with prayer. You’ll be shocked at how your time reading and praying will become habits that you feel must be done daily. Spiritual growth doesn’t just happen, it requires effort.
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen”(II Peter 3:18).