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10 REASONS YOU MUST GROW UP SPIRITUALLY
By Philip Amiola
The subject of spiritual growth is one that is very important to every believer because it is central to our walk of faith. If we are going to live the life that God has called us to live, be all that He wants us to be and do all that He expects us to do, then we must grow up spiritually.
While many of us know this for a fact, we often get discouraged or simply slack off as we pursue the intentional process of spiritual growth through studying and meditating on God’s Word, praying, maintaining fellowship with other believers, serving in ministry units and sharing our faith with others as we live it out on a daily basis.
My goal in this piece is to share some benefits of spiritual growth which I gleaned from a study of the book of Daniel and the epistle of Paul to the Ephesians. I believe that keeping these benefits in our consciousness will spur us on in our spiritual journey.
As you think through the following list which is by no means exhaustive, you will realise that the pursuit of spiritual growth is a highly profitable investment:
- Spiritual growth empowers us to become active participants in fulfilling God’s purposes on earth. (Daniel 9:1-3)
Spiritual growth gives us access to the mysteries of God with revelation knowledge, skill, wisdom and understanding. (Daniel 2:19-23, Daniel 9:21-22, Ephesians 1:8-9)
Spiritual growth gives us capacity to proffer solutions to problems that have confounded others. (Daniel 2, Daniel 5)
Spiritual growth empowers us to stick with our convictions even under the most terrifying circumstances. (Daniel 1:8, Daniel 3:8-18, Daniel 6:4-10)
When we grow spiritually, we are equipped to follow God’s plan for our lives as we understand the hope of His calling and get strengthened in the inner man. (Ephesians 1:17-18, Ephesians 3:14-21)
Spiritual growth raises our net worth. It empowers us to add value to other people’s lives through service thereby making us relevant across board. (Daniel 5:13-17, Ephesians 6:5-9). This eventually gives us influence and wealth. (Daniel 2:46-49, Daniel 5:29)
Growing up spiritually helps us to exercise our God-given authority and establish dominion on the earth. (Ephesians 1:17-23)
Spiritual growth helps us to overcome the weaknesses of the flesh and withstand the wiles of the devil. (Ephesians 4:17-23, Ephesians 5:1-5, Ephesians 6:10-18)
When we grow spiritually, we are not being blown away with every wind of doctrine. Rather, we are able to recognise and stay with the truth. (Ephesians 4:14-15, Ephesians 5:6)
The degree of love and unity in the church is affected by the level of spiritual growth of the members. In the same way, the degree of love and unity in the universal body of Christ increases when each member grows spiritually. (Ephesians 4:11-16).
As I was recently reminded by Pastor Mobolaji Adam-Adeyemi, physical assignments require physical abilities, mental assignments require mental abilities and spiritual assignments require spiritual abilities. The only way to develop spiritual abilities is to grow up spiritually.
Philip Amiola is a teacher, writer and campaigner of empowerment. He blogs at http://www.philipamiola.org and tweets from @PhilipAmiola.