A person who is “born again” starts a new life similar to that of a newborn infant. Years ago I ran across seven rules that promote good health in babies . These can be adapted and applied to a Christian’s spiritual growth:
1. Daily Food. Take in the “pure milk of the word” by study and meditation.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth!” 2 Timothy 2:15
2. Fresh Air. Pray often or you will faint. Prayer is the oxygen of the soul.
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16
3. Regular Exercise. Put into practice what you learned in God’s Word.
“And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.” Luke 8:21
4. Adequate Rest. Rely on God at all times in simple faith.
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13
5. Clean Surroundings. Avoid evil company and whatever will weaken you spiritually.
“He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.” Proverbs 13:20
6. Loving Care. Be part of a church where you will benefit from a pastor’s teaching and from Christian fellowship.
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25
7. Periodic Checkups. Regularly examine your spiritual health.
“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” 2 Corinthians 13:5
When you were a kid did your parents stand you against the wall and mark off your height? How exiting it was TO SEE THOSE TICK MARKS GO UP UP UP THE WALL. Of course we can’t measure spiritual growth by mere marks on the wall. But as we study the character of Christ, each of us can examine our life to see if we are growing more Christlike.
Great Christian leaders agree that we can measure our growth in grace by the growth of our love for private Bible study. And we can be sure that there is something seriously wrong when we lose our appetite for the Bread of Life. Perhaps we have been eating too many sweets; or taking too little exercise; or we have not been regularly breathing in the fresh air that sweeps over the mountain tops of spiritual communion with God.
This next Sunday my cousin Melody is getting baptized. I just spoke with her on the phone. She is so excited. For years I have tried to share Christ with her…and she would smirk and perhaps make fun of me a little bit. A few months ago…she gave her whole heart to God. She is not perfect….but I see her growth. It is exciting to watch her. She said her new bed partner was her Bible and devotional books. She goes to church, women’s group…home group. She just wants to be involved.
Oh to be young again! Remember the zeal you had when you were first saved? The zeal that Melody is experiencing right now…we can all experience.
John MacArthur says: “The more we grow, the more exciting the Bible becomes to us. The Word is a source of life that helps us mature and grow stronger. Then we are able to defeat Satan, and we come to know more about God and His character. We are enriched in every possible way.”
If you are not growing…maybe you need to have a look at our walk.
God Bless You,
Reverend Kevin Airrington