Following Jesus is a journey that will likely take a person through a variety of different stages – but ultimately, there is no arrival along the road of spiritual growth. You may find some checkpoints along the way, but no finish line (at least on this side of eternity.) Spiritual growth is a lifelong process. (Read more about that here.)
What happens when one aspect of spiritual growth swells out of proportion from the others?
Disproportional spiritual growth can get ugly.
No one is perfect. We all grow at varying rates. Everyone’s journey looks different. But guard against growing into one of these…
The Passionate Drifter
What happens when a person is growing in their relationship with God… …but not in knowledge of God’s Word, or in obedience and surrender?
They can be caught up in the love and joy of God and His people;
but are often ungrounded in their faith,
and can be easily drawn back into their old ways.
The Lazy Intellectual
What happens when a person is growing in their knowledge of God’s Word… …but not in relationship with God, or in obedience and surrender?
They can be caught up in the love of deeper study and engaging discussion;
but often have little love for God,
and often come up with creative excuses why they sidestep obedience in uncomfortable areas (like evangelism and serving).
The Grand Pharisee
What happens when a person is growing in their obedience… …but not in relationship with God, or knowledge of God’s Word?
They can be caught up in defining a lifestyle and list of rules that they feel is pleasing to God;
but have little relationship with Him,
and little understanding of the full scope and intent of His Word.
For more on helping people grow spiritually over the long haul, click HERE.