~2 Peter 3:18 ESV
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever, Amen.
A life-sized poster of six-foot-six Michael Jordan used to hang on a wall in our home. Along the right side of the long print was a measuring scale we used to periodically chart the height of our children at specific ages.
We thought the impressive image would give our boys something to aim towards. However, none of them ever made it over the six-foot mark. It was fun having them back up to the poster, making sure their toes and heels were firmly on the floor as we marked and dated their height. Our family multiplied to include three boys and two girls.
At times, they would show a significant growth spurt. When that occurred, they would walk off with a little strut in their steps. Sean, our tallest, towered over all of us.
As I reminisce over these measurement days, I wonder if Father God has a measuring chart for our spiritual growth. If so, would we be able to see when our faith experiences spiritual growth spurts? Maybe it would be a trial we faced, a sermon we listened to, or a spiritual retreat we attended that caused growth to occur in our lives. Whatever the case, I am sure God orchestrated those events to challenge us and allow us to mature in our Christian journey.
~Ben Cooper, author of Created Critters with Wings
Perhaps we should hang a life-sized poster of Jesus Christ. on the wall of our hearts. This would give us motivation to achieve the goals we aim for regarding our spiritual growth.
Natural growth happens when we feed on solid, healthy food. We take in protein and carbohydrates that our bodies process to reach their full stature. We have in our foundational DNA the ability to be as tall as our genetics will allow. Unfortunately, if we take in the wrong balance of nutrients, we limit ourselves and jeopardize our maximum potential of full growth.
For spiritual growth, the Bible is our measuring scale. It guides us as we go through life. Gaining knowledge from the Scripture is our protein, and grace is our carbohydrates. When we exercise these spiritual building blocks through godly living and prayer, we mature and grow as God intended.
~2 Thessalonians 1:3 ESV
We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and love of every one of you for one another is increasing.
While our desire is to reach full spiritual maturity, we find ourselves ingesting wrong things. We become unfit and out of shape. In some cases, we shrink instead of increasing stature. Perhaps, we should hang a life-sized poster of Jesus Christ on the wall of our hearts. This would motivate us to achieve the goals we aim for regarding our spiritual growth.
It is only when we determine to live for Christ that we become empowered to grow to our full potential. We have already been given all we need in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Share an incident where you experienced a spiritual growth spurt.
Father God, I welcome the growth spurts of faith You orchestrate in my life. Help me to feed daily on Your Word so I will mature in my love for others, in grace, and in the knowledge of Your dear Son, Jesus Christ.
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Ben Cooper is a husband, father of five, educator, speaker, beekeeper, and award-winning devotional author that uses his life experiences with agriculture, animals, and nature as the focus of his writing. His first book, All Nature Sings: A Devotional Guide to Animals in the Bible (Christian Faith Publishing),earned several book awards including a silver medal in the 2020 Illumination Awards.
Ben has recently entered the world of children’s literature by writing the Created Critters series through Shine-A-Light Press.
He is a devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More.
Raised on a family farm in western Pennsylvania, Ben went on to get an Agricultural Science degree from Penn State University and retired after working over 30-years for Maryland Department of Agriculture as an Agricultural Specialist.
He graduated from the Cornerstone Bible Institute with honors. He has been on several short-term mission trips to the Caribbean Islands He serves as an elder at Cumberland Bible Church and is involved with several Christian Camping ministries.
Ben is a monthly guest on PJ NET.tv.
He and his wife live tucked away in the foothills of the Eastern Continental Divide in Southern Pennsylvania, a mile away from the Mason/Dixon line.
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