Spiritual Maturity: How to Grow Up Spiritually
The Greek word for “grow,” “auxano,” means “to increase, to become more fruitful or to become greater.” This is God’s will for every Christian. God does not want us to remain in the same condition year after year. He desires that we be changed from one stage of glory to the next until we are transformed into the image of Christ.
Spiritual complacency isn’t ever an intention, but too often it can creep into our lives unnoticed — a tragic consequence of failing to be intentional in our spiritual growth. We begin to wonder how to grow spiritually because we fail to put effort into the growth.
Here we have outlined 5 basic but very important steps in growing your Spirit, and increasing your intimacy with your Heavenly Father:
1. Be intentional in Reading through the Bible in a year.
You need the Bible like you need food, but many Christians go for weeks or months without reading God’s Word. No wonder their spiritual growth is stunted. You will never grow spiritually without soaking your mind in the inspired words of Scripture.
When Jesus told the devil, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4), He was quoting a verse from Deuteronomy that He had memorized. If Jesus found life in Scripture, so should you.
There are several good resources available to help you do this. If you’ve already done it, do it again, but in a different translation. (Even better, team up with a friend to do this with you and hold each other accountable).
2. Restart your prayer life.
British preacher Charles Spurgeon told his congregation: “As well could you expect a plant to grow without air and water as to expect your heart to grow without prayer and faith.” A Christian who does not pray is weak, immature and defeated. But when you venture into the realm of the impossible and start asking God to move supernaturally in your family, your personal challenges, your workplace, your church and your nation, you will soon see His miracles.
As inspired by the movie War Room you can make an actual prayer closet in your house. Get an old chair and a bulletin board and created your own private spiritual retreat. Just do something radical to make prayer a lifestyle.
3. Take steps of faith.
Spiritual growth means taking a leap of faith from time to time. Rather than trying to get everything in place before you start something important, why not follow God’s leading and allow the plan to evolve? This means taking a step of faith and trusting God to provide what may be needed for success.
4. Fast and pray.
Prayer linked with fasting was often done by people in the Bible. Ezra 8:23 reports: “So we fasted and earnestly prayed that our God would take care of us, and he heard our prayer.” The next time you are asked to pray urgently for someone in difficulty, consider combining your praying with some fasting. You can read the Isaiah 58 for more details on the benefits of fasting in the Christian walk.
5. Cultivate a little solitude.
“Solitude makes us tougher toward ourselves and tenderer toward others; in both ways it improves our character,” noted philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche. Spend some time away from the crowd and the noise of life. Set aside a few minutes to be alone-just you and God. In quietness we turn our minds away from the problems of life and fix our thoughts on the mind of God.