It is imperative that we resolve to grow spiritually in 2018. Armed with that attitude, the apostle Paul said, “I PRESS toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 3:14).
In this life we will never reach the point in which we have GROWN ENOUGH. We must resolve to keep growing in order to make our "call and election sure" and obtain “an entrance…into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 1:10-11).
The following questions will help determine our prospects for spiritual growth in 2018.
DO I READ MY BIBLE DAILY? Our spiritual development DEPENDS on our reading and meditating on God's word daily. Jesus stated that we live, not by bread alone, but every word that proceeds from the word of God – Matt. 4:4.
AM I PRESENT AT EVERY CHURCH ASSEMBLY I AM ABLE TO ATTEND? Some Christians apparently believe that "once a week is sufficient". But what COMMITTED child of God intentionally omits opportunities to glorify our Lord? King David exclaimed, "I was GLAD when they said to me let us go into the house of the Lord" – Psa. 122:1. Hebrews 10:25 warns that Christians should assemble with the saints “so much THE MORE as you see the Day approaching.”
AM I SUPPORTING THE WORKS OF THE CHURCH BY MY PARTICIPATION? Able-bodied Christians should be ACTIVELY involved in the works of the church. Paul stated that the growth of the body is dependent upon the “working by which every part [member] DOES ITS SHARE” Eph. 4:16.
AM I CONCERNED ABOUT LOST SOULS? God sent His Son to die on the cross because of His intense desire to save the lost (John 3:16; Rom. 5:6-8). The devoted child of God, imitating the heavenly Father, constantly seeks opportunities to share Christ with others.
WILL YOU AND I GROW IN 2018? Our answers to the above questions may reveal the answer. May God help us to "PRESS ON" in throughout 2018.
Jesus, always Jesus!Dennis