You can live a Christian life, and still have a stagnant relationship with Jesus. I know, because I have been.
My faith hasn’t grown this summer. In fact, it might have been a while since it has…
I still pray and go to church and Bible study every week. I have my quiet time each day, but somewhere along the way, it’s become enough. My faith has changed my life, it’s part of every moment of my day, but I’m still far from perfect, and I still have room for growth.
I love Jesus, and I want to love Him more… but I haven’t really put anything into that desire. At least nothing new.
1 Thessalonians 4:1 urges us, “that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more.”
I seem to have gotten to the “just as you are doing” and stopped. Have you ever been there? Have you ever stopped striving to grow your faith?
I would never say that I have, but actions speak louder than words. And my actions seem to have landed me in a comfortable Christian groove.
I’m stuck in a Christian rut, but I’m ready to get out.
So, I’ve been wondering what growing in my faith at this point in my life looks like. I can’t “do” more than I’m already doing, but that doesn’t mean I should stop growing. And no matter where you are in your walk with God, you shouldn’t either. Check out the tips below that have been helping me to kick-start my spiritual growth.
3 Ways to Grow Your Faith
1.) Pray for Conviction
“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” ~ 1 John 1:8 ESV
When I was in high school, I thought I had it made. Every our pastor recited that verse, I silently thought, “well, everybody but me.” I was so prideful. I’m not that way anymore, but too often I forget to ask God to bring my sin to light. I’m content with where I’m at and don’t really want God to disturb my life. I don’t want to be made aware of my sin, even though I want to become more like Jesus.
Sadly, you can’t have one without the other.
Taking the jump and praying for conviction is probably the best possible way to grow our faith, because it’s truly surrendering our life to Christ. It’s not easy. It will definitely be uncomfortable, but it’s a sure fire way to get out of your complacent comfort zone.
2.) Weigh Your Witness
“…In your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.” ~ 1 Peter 3:15 ESV
When people look at you, do they see Jesus? That’s a question I keep asking myself. When I interact with others, do I point them to Jesus? Do they realize I’m a Christian? Does anything about my personality, actions, words, glorify God? Does anything hinder my witness?
Those are some pretty powerful questions. Because too often, the answers aren’t what I would hope they were. I might not be cussing, but that doesn’t mean I’m I good witness. Impatience, self-centeredness, and pride can do as much (or more) damage to my witness as anything else. Too often, I don’t stop to love those around me. I get so wrapped up in my own little world that reaching out to others doesn’t even cross my mind. This is definitely something I need to work on.
3.) Write God’s Works
“I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord.“ ~ Psalm 118:17 ESV
There is something about writing out what God has done that just ministers to my soul. Not just writing out my blessings, but starting with creation or the Cross. Because really, it’s not about me, it’s about Jesus. I’ll write out how I have seen Him work my life and in the lives of those around me. Anything to remind me of how great my God is. And really, this isn’t a new idea. David did it all the time, just read through the Psalms. He constantly recounts how God created the world and brought them out of Egypt.
It’s great to count our blessings (and we should), but if we really want to grow more like Christ, we have to look beyond ourselves. We have to focus on who God is and what He has done.
Are You Ready for Spiritual Growth?
If you are stuck in a “Christian rut” it’s time to break free. If you know you love Jesus, but you’ve realized that you aren’t growing more and more like Him every day, maybe these three steps can help you, too.
Are you stuck in a spiritual rut, or have you been in the past? If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.