Last night, a friend posted a question about Bible studies.
I answered her with my opinion (because y’all know I always have one of those!), and said, “Your Bible study is such a personal time between you and God…do what works for you and whatever is growing your personal walk with Jesus.”
As I typed the response, I was inadvertently given an opportunity to do some soul-searching.
I had to ask myself, “Am I growing?”
For a long while, my Bible study process has been the same.
And when it comes to routine, I’m the Queen.
I love routine.
But I wonder if what started off strong may be becoming less challenging.
I know in the exercise world, variety is a key component to seeing change.
How about you?
Do you feel like your growth as a Christian is flourishing, or do you feel like you’re stalling?
Colossians 1:9b-10 says, “We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.”
And isn’t that what we want?
To know God better and better?
After all, we are called to be an example to others.
1 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.”
So faith-growth is important.
We don’t want to be mere name-droppers of a powerful acquaintance… “Oh yeah, I know God.”
We want to be close, personal friends so we can say, “Oh, I know God! Let me tell you all about Him! You’d love Him and He already loves you!”
My friend doesn’t know how much she challenged me.
I need to make every effort to ensure that my faith is growing, getting stronger, and I’m being challenged as I get to know God better and better.
Today, as you pray, ask the Holy Spirit to direct you to be faith-strengthened and challenged so you can continue to grow in your relationship with God.