Growth is defined as an irreversible progressive change. As humans, we are expected to grow at certain points of our lives and physical growth is stimulated by hormones. Physical growth is that a person’s body system is functioning effectively because it is a measure of the physiological function of the body system. Physical growth comes with obvious changes which is evident to people without even telling them. How does a person grow spiritually?
The Bible recognizes that physical growth is necessary also, it tells us that spiritual growth is necessary. 3 John 2 says,
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”
This verse admonishes us that we should strive to have good health even as we also have good spiritual health. How then can one grow spiritually?
Growth spiritually comes as a result of our daily walk with God; we grow as we learn when we spend time with God. Your spiritual growth is an evidence of your walk with God. 1 Peter 2:2 tells us that new born babes desire the milk of the Word which means that we have matured adults whose food have changed from the milk of the Word to the meat of the Word (1 Corinthians 3:2).
Romans 12:2 says,
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
The above verse shows us that we are to renew our minds daily because it is from the renewal of our mind that growth comes from, thus, we become like Christ.
Spiritual growth is evident by the level of your faith; by the kind of revelation you get; by the works you do for Christ and His in you (John 15:7-8). Spiritual growth is not premeditated like physical growth which has hormones set in place to do that, spiritual growth requires intentionality.
The person in charge of our spiritual growth is the Holy Spirit but His power, His action must be activated by your good intention to grow. You need to make progress in your growth, you need to step up in your growth. Your growth should be progressive, don’t get comfortable in a particular level of relationship with God, you need to seek to know Him more like Romans 12:2 explained.
Your spiritual growth lies in the Word. How often do you study the Holy Bible? Beloved, it should be daily. Your growth is a function of your walk with God. 1 Corinthians 13:11 says,
“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”
Different phases of life and things related to them shows that we are expected to move from a stage to another stage to experience the things related to each stage. You cannot remain a babe forever, that is not the essence of salvation. We were saved so as to live as Christ and we cannot live as Christ lived without spending time with God and this involves intentionality, a daily act.
Your growth requires hard work which is a daily renewal of your mind and intentionality. When you walk with God, growth is inevitable. Growth comes as you win tests, as you defeat the devil and his tactics by using the Word properly.
There is a difference between “working for God” and “walking with God”. The two should go hand in hand.
Also read “Steps to Spiritual Growth” for more insights on how to grow spiritually.