I think it’s fair to say that most of us want to grow. A quick glance at popular podcasts, best-selling books, and websites will reveal a common theme: we want to become better versions of ourselves. If your goal is to grow in your Christian spirituality – if you want to love God and others more – you should focus on three core habits. I want to encourage you to do ordinary things that will make an extraordinary difference, not just in your life but in the lives of others. I don’t know anyone who’s grown spiritually who isn’t practising these three habits. Spiritual growth isn’t about reaching a new level spirituality or “levelling up” as they sometimes say. Spiritual growth means to constantly return to the ABC’s of the gospel and grow in them and their applications.
- Prayer. Continually speaking to God about all that’s on our minds (Philippians 4:6-7)
- Reading Or Listening To The Bible. Hiding God’s Word in our hearts, and knowing God better through his revealed Word (Psalm 119:9-16)
- Pursuing Growth In Community. We were designed to grow in community. We need others to encourage us, admonish us, spur us on, and to practice all the one-another commands of Scripture.
Habits can be life-changing, either for good or for bad. When habits are formed that help you to grow spiritually, the results will pay off exponentially in every other area of your life, as well. Spiritual maturity isn’t about white-knuckling it to sainthood. It’s about becoming a person who is fully alive. It means enjoying God and life in deeper and more abundant ways even in the middle of difficulty. It transforms our desires rather than denying them. Spiritual growth is the pursuit of God, and the pursuit of joy. No matter what stage we’re at right now, God is at work. There’s hope at every stage. We just need to know where we are, and what we need to do to continue to progress.