Grow • Devotion #1: Study the Real Thing

“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.” Ephesians 4:15

Growing up is a painful and seemingly long process. When I was a young girl, I would complain to my mom that my legs hurt, and she would say, “You are having growing pains.” For me to grow up, my body had to work hard and endure the process, especially through the awkward phases. When we first come to faith in Christ, we are like newborn babies. We can only handle and assimilate a small amount, but as we begin to grow, we begin to tolerate solid food. This part of our spiritual journey can be discouraging because we need help to gain our balance to walk worthy of our calling. We fall and get back up again by the grace of God. Peter encourages us in 1 Peter 2:2, “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow into salvation.” In order to grow spiritually, we need to develop an appetite to study and apply God’s Word. It takes time and discipline, but it is the most valuable investment of time we will ever make. 

When we decide we are going to make it a daily discipline to study God’s Word, beware the enemy will put every obstacle in our way to keep us from it. That, right there, should tell us how powerful and life-changing it is! We need to be intentional and dedicated to growing in the Word. I once saw a great object lesson on this. There was a huge jar filled to the top with beans, the person then tried to fit a tennis ball in the top of the full jar, but there was no room left. Then they emptied the beans from the jar and put the tennis ball in first then added the beans. Guess what? It all fit perfectly! The lesson is this: when we fit God into the first part of our day, we will accomplish so much more. Conversely, when we try to add Him in at the end of the day, there will likely be no room left.  

I recently joined a Bible reading accountability group. We use an app on our phone for the Scripture reading along with a ten-minute recap and application of the passages. In three months’ time, I will have read the entire New Testament chronologically. I look forward to my time in the Word every morning; it has truly become the very best part of my day. When we get into God’s Word, His Word gets into us. Even if we do not comprehend everything we read, the Bible says we will be washed by the water of the Word (Ephesians 5:26). It is the only book that is 100% true, accurate, alive, and has the power to change us into His image!  

Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” 

In 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV), we read, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

Did you know you will not recognize a counterfeit by studying it?

You only recognize a counterfeit by studying the real thing!

Study the Truth!

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