Ephesians 4:13 ” Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
One of the more memorable highlights of my childhood was standing up against a wall and having my dad or grandfather make a mark on the doorway, level with the crown of my head, in order to prove to me that I was growing. I had only to return to that same place in a couple of months and have them repeat the process, then turn around and see that the mark was made a little bit higher on the wall! I WANTED TO GROW! And this was a great opportunity for me to SEE that I was growing!
Soon after becoming a follower of Christ I found myself once again in the place of wanting to grow, only this time I was desiring to grow spiritually. I was now a new man in Christ “…old things have passed away and all thing are become new” II Corinthians 5:17 I wanted to experience a deeper walk of faith with my Lord. The only problem now was knowing how to measure that growth. So I ask you, how do you measure spiritual growth? Do you measure spiritual growth by how loud you pray, or how many hands you shake during greeting time?
Well, through the years I have found a couple of ways to grow spiritually. One of them is found in Ephesians 4:11-16 (read) which tells me that after Jesus ascended on high that He gave ministry gifts to the church in the form of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors & Teachers.
He gavetheses gifts so that we could hear the word of God preached and thereby we would “be no more be children” Vs. 14 but that we could “grow up into Him” Vs. 15 in ALL THINGS! After all of these years I can yet today step away, turn around, and SEE that I have grown! The failures of the past no longer overpower me, because I have chosen to conform myself to the image of Christ by being obedient to the Word of God that I have heard all of these ministers preaching all of the years prior. That, coupled with my personal devotions & study of God’s Word.
The other way that I know that I have grown spiritually is found in the verse below. I have learned that as I submit myself to God & His Word and ACT on it (live it) I have grown stronger in the faith that I have. I have learned that to resist the devil when I am tempted is much the same as exercising (resistance causes muscles to grow). Each time I do that I get stronger. But I must remain consistent … otherwise I lose a little strength. Much like when I stop exercising physically. I have learned that when I “resist” I gain strength, but when I “yield” to the devil and do things that I know are wrong, things that I shouldn’t be doing, I become weaker. The choice is mine ….
James 4:7 ” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
Purpose in your heart today to serve Him better & draw closer to HIM as we see the day of our Lord’s appearing quickly approaching!