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Why is Spiritual Growth Important?

12. August

"Therefore, in the face of God's mercy, I urge you, brothers and sisters, to offer your body as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and right worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world the renewal of your spirit will be transformed. Then you will be able to examine and validate what God's will is – His good, pleasant, and perfect will. "Romans 12: 1-2

In the middle of the 18th century, a shipload of migrants landed on the northwest coast of America. In their first year, they established a place where they would build their city. In the second year they elected a city government. In the third year, the city government made a decision to build a road that extends five miles west into the wilderness.

In the fourth year, the townspeople tried to overthrow their own government because they believed building a road five miles into the wilderness was a waste of money. The same people who saw thousands of miles across an ocean and overcame difficulties to get there couldn't see five miles down the road!

Many Christians are very similar to these city dwellers. They come to a point on their way with Christ and think that they don't have to go any further. It's like they're close enough to God to be comfortable, so they go into "maintenance mode" and stop moving forward.

Our comfort in Christ comes from the fact that we are firmly planted in Him by faith. But as we grow and mature, we surrender ourselves daily as we transform ourselves more and more into his image. Do not be satisfied with yesterday's spiritual growth. Keep moving forward in your faith and surrendering your life to Christ every day!

Prayer challenge

Ask God to show you how you can surrender to Him every day so that you can grow in Christ.

Questions to think about

Why do you think it is so common among believers to feel good spiritually?

What can you do every day to continuously surrender your life to Christ?

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Originally published August 12, 2020.

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