What would you do if you get a child who remains a kid for too long? A young parent told me few days ago that nurses at children clinic do not entertain mothers whose kids record a slow growth rate.
In the Bible, the writer of Hebrews wanted to see his immediate audience mature up …leave your elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity… (Heb 5: 11-14, 6:1-2). The writer challenged them to yearn to take solid food and do away with milk.
Growth in Christian life is unavoidable. A desire I am having is to know Christ more and that I will grow in relationship with him every day, taking solid food!
Among things that will help us grow our relationship with Christ includes but not limited to;
- Reading our Bible daily
Our tight daily schedules make it hard for us to be consistent in reading our Bible. We wake up early to go to work, get busy all day long at our workplace only to arrive in our houses exhausted. After taking supper, we doze off immediately!
Many things demand our attention daily. These include friends, family members, work duties at the office or school, the media, social sites, etc.
Reading the Bible becomes too hard with such tight schedules. I am struggling with this too. Am first writing this to myself, then to you!
We need to make a deliberate choice to create time to read God’s word every day. We all need quiet time to hear God’s Word! Even if it means planning to use a daily Bible reading guide, having a Bible reading accountability partner, reading every chapter daily among other ways.
Just as physical food is essential for our growth, so is spiritual food.
Paul tells Timothy, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim 3:16-17)
2. Pray every day
‘Relationships are developed by constant communication,’ says Michael Reeves in his book, Enjoy your Prayer life. He continues to say, “Being a Christian is primarily all about receiving, asking and depending. When we don’t feel needy (and so we don’t pray much), we lose our grip on reality and think or act in an unchristian manner.”
Praying is the chief expression of our faith in God, a show of our insufficiency and need for God. We should pray about everything (John 14:14), specifically (Phil 4: 6-7), continually and without ceasing (1 Thess 5:17).
How faithful are you in praying?
3. Fellowship with other Christians
A literal definition of fellowship I heard from a speaker on our campus C.U was, ‘fellows in the same ship.’ It is sad that in Christian life, we have lone rangers who do not value fellowship!
Though going to church does not guarantee us eternal life, believing in Jesus Christ does, we need to be members of a certain assembly of believers. It is vital for our growth in God, a chance for us to realize our talents and in what manner to use them to serve God.
Hebrews 10:25 urges believers not to give up the habit of meeting together.
4. Be witnesses of Christ
If knowing Christ is the greatest thing that happened to me, then I should not hesitate to share this out with others! No believer can disintegrate self from witnessing. We should be ready to share Christ with all people, the unreached and people of other faiths.
An evangelist once said, “Evangelism is just one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread.”
We should be ready to witness Christ to all even with our lifestyle. Saint Francis of Assisi, an Italian Catholic preacher once said, “Preach at all times and when necessary use words.”
5. We must obey God
Obedience, simply defined as submitting our own will to will of someone else, always comes with a cost.
Knowing principles of growth, or even the Ten Commandments, is of no value unless we are ready to obey God.
It is sad that we equate knowledge of many scriptures and theological history to being closer to God but unless we obey what those scriptures say, it is vanity of vanities.
The preacher concludes his writing with these words, “That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty.” (Ecc 12:13 NLT).
…I think five is a good number to end with. 🙂
Let’s all desire to grow in our relationship with Christ by being the above.
By Kenneth Irungu
iServe Africa Apprentice 2015/16