Many things are part of the process of growing spiritually.
Theologians have called them spiritual disciplines, things like prayer, the study, and memorization of the Bible, fasting, spending time in solitude meditating, congregating, are certainly elements that promote spiritual growth.
However, today I would like to emphasize what I consider to be the foundation of spiritual growth.
To do so, I invite you to read a short text from the Bible.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Ephesians 3:20 – 21
This beautiful doxology is written by the apostle Paul in his letter to the church of Ephesus.
In the verses immediately preceding, the apostle is telling them that he often prays for them to grow spiritually in areas such as integrity, faith, unity, and understanding of God’s love.
What the apostle does in today’s verse, is to close his idea by saying that ultimately it is God who has the power to work that spiritual growth in them.
Every time I ask myself this same question, ¿how can I grow spiritually? I can’t help but come up with the same answer as Paul.
Growing spiritually is a process in which we can do our part, but ultimately it is a process that God has reserved for Himself.
To grow spiritually, the first thing we must do is put our trust in God with patience, and maintain the certainty that he knows what he is doing.
To believe that God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.
It is easy to see our imperfections and think that we will never be like Jesus, or be dissatisfied with the slowness of our spiritual growth process.
It is also possible to want to take the process into our own hands, and to try by works to achieve what only the Holy Spirit can do.
Things like prayer, studying and memorizing the Bible, fasting, spending time in solitude meditating and congregating, are certainly elements that foster spiritual growth.
While it is true that we have a role to play in preparing our hearts for God to continue the growth, it is necessary to remember that we are a work of art of His making.
He is our potter, He is the artist.
Our part is to give ourselves to Him entirely and ask Him to help us grow, to make us grow, to perfect His good work in us.
You can rest in God and be sure that even if it takes time if you surrender to Him, you will never be a failure.
I hope these words are a blessing to your life.
And what do you think? Are you having a healthy spiritual growth process? Share in the comments.
A hug, God bless you.