How do we encourage commitment to spiritual growth in a consumer culture? First, we must be honest and “count the costs” on the front end. By that I mean we must clearly teach a commitment to Jesus to be disciples (Matthew 28:19-20). Even in the face of expectations to get a lot of people on board and temptations to grab the latest fad, Jesus required self denial and taking up one’s cross for starters and we should also. I’m not trying to be difficult but effectiveness in the kingdom is too often traded in for convenience or compromise and that’s OK in a consumer culture where “its all about you!” This easy believism produces weak and immature followers who fall away when trials and tribulations occur. The truth is there are no short cuts and our Lord has chosen us to be His plan A. His plan A requires disciples who are spiritually mature. Spiritual growth takes time, effort, and commitment! Four essentials to your spiritual growth are:
1) Read your Bible – 2 Timothy 2:15
2) Attend Church – Hebrews 10:25, Romans 12:5
3) Minister to Others – 1 Corinthians 12:14-23, 27, 1 Peter 4:10, 1 Thessalonians 5:11
4) Pray – John 15:7, Luke 18:1, Ephesians 6:18, Romans 8:27
If you practice these four essentials with a pure heart you will not only grow but you will be prepared for your special assignment in God’s glorious kingdom!