Is God happy with your spiritual progress? Can you honestly answer yes? Shouldn’t we all be doing more to grow spiritually? Consider these commands from God as you consider these questions above.
Matt 6:33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Matt 22: 37 “And He said to him, “ ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.”
Col 3:1-2 “Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.”
1 Pet 1: 15-16 “but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”
Joshua 1:8 “this book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you are careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will be make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.”
Our spiritual growth is directly related to the time we spend with God. Are you discipling yourself to spend time with the Lord regularly? Memorizing scripture? Meditating on His word and truths? Are you searching your heart in prayer for any sin and confessing it? Are you striving to shed yourselves of sin? Do you hate sin as God hates it? Are you acutely aware of the spiritual battle you are in? If not, why not?
These commands are NOT suggestions; we have been purchased with Christ’s blood; we are called by our Lord to holiness, obedience and to love Him with ALL our heart and ALL our mind and ALL our soul. This does not come natural to us as we have a sinful nature; so it takes discipline (yes effort on our part). It should however be an effort of love as God fills you with joy as you draw nearer to him. May you examine your life carefully and not deceive yourselves. Ask yourself, how should my life really look if I was sold out for the Lord and truly in love with the Lord and His word?
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, please don’t be like the Laodicean church in Revelation 3:15-16 “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.” Our Lord has no pleasure in lukewarm servants, He rejects them by spitting them out; He wants and deserves obedient servants passionately serving Him. Has your spiritual growth become complacent and lukewarm? If so restore the passion and discipline yourself to spend more time pursuing the Lord and cry out to Him to renew your mind and develop a deeper richer relationship with Him.
His sheep will hear His voice and follow Him. Are you truly one of His? How much time do you spend with the Lord per day, per week? Is your relationship with the Lord hot? Is it cold? Or perhaps it’s grown to be lukewarm. If it’s cold or lukewarm now is the time to change; now is the time to discipline yourself to spend more time growing your relationship with Him. What do you think God would say about the temperature of your spiritual relationship with Him?