Today’s bible reading: John 4, 5 and 6
Where do you go from here? I could have asked, “Where do you grow from here?” You see, you’re a child of God all right; but you’re a baby. You need to grow up spiritually.
Isn’t it tragic when, because of a physical affliction, a child fails to mature and mentally remains as a baby all his life? Actually, it’s even more tragic when a person becomes a child of God through salvation and then fails to grow up spiritually. This doesn’t have to happen to you.
First of all, remember that your spiritual life comes from Jesus Christ, the Son of God. “He that has the Son has life” (1 John 5:12). (This is the epistle of John toward the end of the bible, not the gospel of John). The preceding verse says, “God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.”
Christ lives inside of you but receiving life is not enough; you must feed that life. When a baby is born in the natural, it will die unless its parents take care of it. They must feed it and nourish its physical life for it to grow. This is true in relation to your new spiritual life. If you feed it, it will grow; if you neglect it, it will die. It’s as simple as that. It all depends on you.
Now, what will cause you to grow spiritually?
1. The Bible
Your use or neglect of the bible will determine the kind of Christian you will be. Get in the habit of reading the bible everyday. “As newborn babies, desire the sincere milk of the word, the you may grow thereby” (1Peter 2:2).
The simplest way to describe prayer is that it is talking to God and letting Him talk to us. Set aside time everyday to pray. The best time is the first thing in the morning, before you get involved with other activities. Talk to Him as if you were talking to a friend for He is your best friend. Don’t worry about using the right words. God is more concerned with your heart than with your language.
Tell others what has happened to you. A witness is someone who testifies about something he has experienced for himself. Now that you know that Jesus satisfies, let others know about it too.
Witnessing is inviting people to get to know Jesus. Tell them how wonderful Jesus is. Witnessing will make you a stronger Christian.
4. Regular Church attendance
If you take a live coal from the fire and put it by itself, it will soon die off. In the same way, Christians need the encouragement of other Christians. Hearing the word of God, praying with others, singing together, making Christian friend-ship these will help you to grow
When God asks you to do, or not to do something, obey quickly. Jesus is your master as He is your saviour. A good rule for deciding what is right and wrong is: will this be pleasing to God? Make this the ruling factor in all you do or say.
I’m glad to tell you that spiritual maturity does not depend on how long you have been saved. If you follows these simple steps, you will become a mature Christian, one of whom God is pleased and one He can use.
Bible study for today
John 4:10. What did Jesus offer to give this woman?
John 4:14. What will be the result if a person drinks of the water Jesus gives?
John 4:24. How are we to worship God?
John 5:39. What advice about the bible did Jesus give?
John 6:35. What did Jesus call him-self?
Verses to memorize: John 4:14; 5:14 (beginning with ‘behold’); 5:24; 6:37