Many people believe spiritual growth is somehow connected to how much knowledge they can accumulate by studying God’s word alone. Our spiritual growth is not dependent upon the amount of time we’ve been a believer but how much we invest in our relationship with God, what we learn, and how we apply it to our lives. The goal of spiritual growth is to become more like our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. The goal is not to be better or more mature than anyone else. It’s simply to grow in knowledge and understanding to produce the kind of life that will reflect God’s love for us and to show the world the redeeming power of Christ’s sacrifice.
To grow spiritually, we need the guidance of the Holy Spirit. He is responsible for leading us to the kind of spiritual growth God wants from us. We must learn to identify the convictions we feel when we’re not acting in harmony with the Word of God, and learn to repent from those things. It is not to look at other’s sins and point them out but to look at our own life and see ways to improve our fellowship with God. One example might be to look at how much time we actually spend in prayer, reading our Bible and worshipping the Father. We need to take what we read from the Scriptures and hold it like a mirror against our own lives. Then when we read the scriptures, we need to actually analyze what they are saying; to study deeper than what is on the surface but to see what God is telling us specifically.
Many think that just becoming a believer is all there is to experiencing God. Take time to listen to what God is trying to tell you. He wants to help his children and fellowship with them but he is waiting for them to come to him in prayer. I have learned that it takes a deep committed relationship with the Father above through prayer, study and worship on a daily basis, not just a weekly basis. We shouldn’t just study our Bible once a week before church, go to church once a week and then ignore God the rest of the week. I have been blessed to be able to stay home more and build my fellowship with the Lord.