Grow | Devotion #3: Imitator
Larry Gabbara | Financial Bookkeeper
“So as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” Colossians 1:10
To grow means the way a Christian will spiritually mature or grow in our faith, to draw nearer to God.
We as Christian’s should understand that to grow spiritually is a process that will help us to draw nearer to God. It is part of our spiritual faith. This process develops quicker for some than others. Through reading the Bible and listening to teachings, we will increase in our knowledge, and grow in our prayer life, faith, and understanding. Yet we should understand that growing should never end, as we should always continue to learn.
As a baby, we grew as our parents fed us, as we were nurtured we developed and grew, we matured and learned how to survive as people. I hate to think how our lives would be if we did not have this process. This process is true for all living organisms. The same happens to our pets, flowers, plants, and crops.
The beginning of spiritual growth is when we as Christians accept Jesus in our heart. We then develop a craving for the knowledge and understanding of God. We read in 2 Peter 3:18, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”
My story is probably similar to many baby Christians, after being saved, it took time for me to understand spiritual growth. After many Bible study’s, attending church, and listening to messages, the Holy Spirit put the desire on my heart to learn the Word. This was a slow transformation. My old sinful nature wanted to take over, and the nasty old devil still rears his ugly head. With the help of prayer and God’s unending grace, we fight to continue to grow and continue in the ways of the Lord.
We must have a spiritual plan, a road map to help us develop. As we grow, we should pray to ask the Lord what areas we can increase our faith. Our plan should include growing in the knowledge and understanding of the Word.We should be doing our best to stay away from sin, and all that draws us to sin, working on learning Christ-like qualities, and having total trust in the Lord should be our goal.
Paul gives us a great plan to follow in 1 Corinthians 11:1, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.”