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BASIC INGREDIENTS OF CHRISTIAN GROWTH
life is a Christlike life. Our Lord grew in all aspects of his life while
here on earth (Luke 2:52,40). If it was essential for Him the
Son of God to grow, it is much more essential for us as His followers (Matthew
10:24,25). Growth is good and God-given, necessary and natural.
Every plant in the right soil grows, every animal fed the right diet grows,
every man given the proper care grows. We can only know God better everyday
as we grow in the faith. However growth is only possible in the right soil
and under the right conditions (Matthew 13:1-23). The
christian cannot grow where the truth is discounted and ALL the counsel of
God is never declared and preached.
ATTITUDE IN LISTENING
James 1:19; Acts 17:11; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; Acts 2:41; Luke 10:39;
Mark 12:37; John 4:40; Acts 10:33; 13:42; Deuteronomy 4:1,6; 5:1; Romans
Growth is only possible when our attitude
in hearing Godís word is quick, not as a compulsion or duty but rather
gladly and with all readiness of mind. We learn to listen by also asking the
right questions and waiting for the answer (John 1:19,26; Mark 10:17).
Our attitude to true preaching should be to take it as Godís word and not
manís word (1 Thessalonians 2:13).
APTITUDE IN LEARNING
Hebrew 5:11-14; 6:1-3; 2c Timothy 3:7; Romans 15:4; 16:17; Proverbs
1:5; 9:9; Ephesians 4;20; Philippians 4:9; 1 Peter 2:2.
Every man born of woman has an aversion to Godís truth (1 Corinthians
2;14). Aptitude in learning Godís word is acquired through Godís
grace but maintained by discipline and diligence. Growth is only possible
when we give careful attention to the details of what we believe and by
memorization, repetition and reinforcement we keep the word alive and
burning in our hearts.
ALTITUDE IN LIVING
Deuteronomy 4:1,6; 5:1; 6:1-9; James 1:22-25; Matthew 13:23;
Colossians 2:6; 1 John 2:6; 2:17; Revelation 1:3; 22:7,14; Luke 11:28.
Obedience is the bedrock of christian growth. All listening and learning is
useless if what is learnt is never lived out. Willingness to listen and
learn is essential but willingness and determination to do (obey) Godís will
is of utmost importance and is the main thing on which christian growth
rests. Living at the highest altitude of Godís revealed will is the secret
to christian growth.
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