July 27, 2009
“But speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all
aspects into him, who is the head, even Christ.” – Ephesians
Sometimes we try to separate our spiritual growth from various
other aspects of our life. So my career doesn’t have anything
to do with my Christianity, or my friendships shouldn’t be
impacted by my spiritual state, or my emotions aren’t tied
into my belief system, etc.
But the fact is, if we are to mature in our faith and become like
Christ, our spiritual growth has to touch each and every area of
our lives. We have to grow up “in all aspects” into
Christ-likeness. That means:
- How we relate to and within our family.
- How we choose our friends and the nature of those friendships.
- How we select our career, how we act on the job, and
how we relate with our associates.
- How we treat our physical bodies.
- How we understand and are
affected by our emotions.
- How we use money.
- How we elect to relax and what we choose
The list goes on and on. Everything in life should be a target
for spiritual growth. Every aspect of our lives should reflect
the light of Christ to a darkened world.
- How would you judge your
own level of spiritual maturity? Don’t be pseudo-modest, and don’t
be proud. Take a careful look at your life and give an honest
- In what aspects of your life are you currently experiencing
growth? What are you doing to encourage that growth?
- Are there any aspects of your life that you would prefer
that God not take too close a look at? That you would prefer
that he ignore? If so, what are they, and why? What will you do about