Most people don’t like pain, but we do like good growth.
What do these two have in common?
You normally can’t get one without the other.
Think about kids going through growth spurts, they have growing pains and we know that it is a good thing because we want them to grow.
Or when you are working out at the gym, you feel your muscles burning and then you feel the pain later but you know it’s good because there is good growth.
No Pain No Growth
Growth comes at a price. Look at the consensus among all these people from different backgrounds:
- “Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” ― John F. Kennedy
- “If you want to choose the pleasure of growth, prepare yourself for some pain.” – Ritu Ghatourey
- “All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.” – Calvin Coolidge
- “Growth demands a temporary surrender of security. It may mean giving up familiar but limiting patterns, safe but unrewarding work, values no longer believed in, and relationships that have lost their meaning.” – John C. Maxwell
- “In so many things, growth comes from adversity.” – Michael Huffington
- James 1:2-4 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
It’s no different with spiritual growth.
If you want spiritual growth you are going to have to do things that are contrary to your nature. You have to want and go through growing pains.
Paul gives us a glimpse into his struggle in Romans 7:15, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”
You can’t keep believing that spiritual growth just happens. You need to start pursuing it.
7 Myths Uncovered About Spiritual Growth
- You can’t just make a mental note that you want spiritual growth. You need to hunger and crave God like you do food.
- Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
- God has given us Himself in the word. The Bible is more than just a book. It is Holy Scriptures breathed out by God. This is where you will come to find Him and find transformation.
- 2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
- It doesn’t depend on you. God is the one who started the work and He is the one who will finish it.
- Philippians 1:6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
- Spiritual growth is not about you and your purpose.
- Philippians 2:13 For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
- You cannot do it alone. God wants you to be encouraged by others and He wants you to be an encourager to others.
- Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,
- Spiritual growth does not mean you become some kind of Christian rock star. It means the Holy Spirit begins to bear His fruit in your life.
- Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
- Spiritual growth is not trying to get God’s favor. Spiritual growth is you depending fully on God and finding your satisfaction in Him all day every day.
- John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.