One of the most powerful statements that I have ever heard coming from the pulpit that continues to shape the way I view myself in my walk with God today is this; “If you are not growing, you are dying.” When I first heard those words, I thought to myself, “can this really be true?” I mean, after all, you will eventually reach a point where you can grow no more, right? Maybe not….
Revelation 3:16- “So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spit you out of my mouth” (ESV)
I try, not as often as I should, to ask myself the important question, “Am I lukewarm?” More importantly I want to know, does my heavenly Father view me as lukewarm? You see, God hates lukewarm Christianity. The idea that I have been a Christian for X- amount of years and have taught x-amount of bible classes, preached x-amount of sermons, studied with x-amount of non-christians, or baptized x-amount of people in my lifetime, so I can spend a little time “coasting,” is FAR TOO prevalent today!
It is my hope, my prayer, that I do not become like this. What is more, it is my hope and prayer that you do not either.
The more I began to think about my spiritual growth from the time I first became a Christian up to the present, it became abundantly clear to me, that I never would have grown in my walk with God, had it not been for the prayers, and support of my Christian Family.
The purpose of this post is a little different than my normal writings. But it is what has been on my heart. I believe in God (John 14:1), I believe in His power (Gen 1-2), and I believe that prayer is a powerful way for us as God’s children to involve our heavenly Father in our lives on a more personal basis(James 5:16).
In keeping with the thought of “Growing In Our Faith” I have challenged myself with two small spiritual challenges recently.
1. I have begun memorizing one verse of scripture per day. (Currently on day 33)
2. I have begun writing articles for the local Newspaper. (In hopes of stirring up interest in the community about the Lord’s Church.)