The Appearance of Growth

The challenge for believers is to spend a lifetime growing in their faith. We are called to learn more about the ways of God and live in light of that information. It is seen in the radical and the gradual changes we make in our behaviors. Christian growth is a transformation into Christlikeness.

The problem I see in many Christians is that they have settled for the appearance of growth. We go to Church as spectators. We attend the religious functions for entertainment. We buy the Christian books to fill our shelves. We own a big, thick study Bible. We have the Bible app on our phone and we know how to use it. Some people even go so far as to buy religious pictures, t-shirts and bumper stickers. Unfortunately, we can fill our lives with numerous things that appear religious and still never really grow.

I know of a person who has dozens of weight loss books, videos on diet and exercise and a collection of exercise equipment. The only problem is that they never lose any weight. By appearance, you would think this person was healthy based on the items that surround their life. The reality is far different.

True growth as a believer is not seen in the items you own or the tools you know how to use. True growth is about developing a character that is more like Jesus every day. Don’t settle for anything less, no matter how appealing it looks.

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