Just read a post on spiritual growth here – the bullet points are given below.
I am happy to agree with these points but wonder if there is a bigger issue which needs to be addressed, namely, do Christians really expect or want to grow? My experience of working with adults is that most of them ‘give up’ deliberate growth after finishing college or university. Sure they might go on the odd course for work, learn some new skills and the like, but a daily expectation of growth is lacking in most people’s lives. They live and work to get by, but there is little real aim and objective in their life. This is something many people bring into church – most are fat well fed sheep.
Many Christians (sorry I will not use the word disciple to describe them) can’t be bothered to grow for, or in, the love of God. Many can’t be bothered to read more than a verse, a paragraph, or for the real fanatics, a chapter, of the Bible each day. They pray primarily for their needs, not for the Kingdom. They give a few percent of their income and think it is a sacrifice. They begrudge going to a prayer group or giving up ‘extra’ time outside of the sunday service and often reduce such activity to a social club mentality.
For disciples of Jesus there is a choice to make:
Luke 9 (ESV) 57As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 60And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
I remember reading a quote from Elton Trueblood who said,
“Deliberate Mediocrity is a sin.”
If this is true many of us need to repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand.
5 Reasons You May Not Be Seeing Spiritual Growth – TheResurgence 03/05/2010 12:30 Jonathan Dodson
1. Feelings can be misleading.
2. We have trouble seeing incremental growth.
3. Spiritual growth is relative but real.
4. Our church family doesn’t encourage one another enough.
5. God is using trial and temptation to grow us.