Today, my newborn baby girl Meeghan is celebrating her one-month old birthday.
And over the course of these last four weeks, her mother and I have been amazed at how quickly her little body is growing.
While growth of our physical bodies seems to almost happen unconsciously, spiritual growth on the other hand does not.
Spiritual growth requires intentionality and effort.
It is only through a combination of discipline and patience that we will find ourselves becoming more and more like Christ.
Which begs that we ask ourselves questions like
How will I know that I am actually growing spiritually? and
What are the signs that can tell me that I’m becoming more spiritually mature?
Fortunately, there are many different ways to assess our spiritual growth and development.
Here are just a few of those ways to let you know that you’re headed in the right direction:
1. A strong desire to know more of God.
A passionate desire to improve your relationship with God is a good indicator of spiritual growth.
Do you find joy in spending time just getting to know Him more?
Does prayer and fellowship with God feel more like an opportunity than it does an obligation?
Maturity is expressed through the actions you take to improve the quality time that you share with God.
2. Quick to forgive others.
How you respond to offense is another indicator of your level of spiritual maturity.
Are you quick to forgive, regardless of whether or not the other party ever admits their faults?
Are you willing to pray for and bless those who may never choose to reciprocate it back?
Your ability to love those who are hard to love is a solid measuring stick of just how far you’ve actually come.
3. Living with an abundance mindset.
Newborn babies are totally unaware of anyone but themselves.
Their world is about what they want, when they want it.
Babies will even cry if things don’t eventually end up their way.
As you continue to develop spiritually, your thought life should consider not just your needs but also the needs of others.
Life will become less about you and more about what you can do as a blessing to others.
When abundant generosity moves from being your ideal to your lifestyle, it’s a sign that progress is underway.
4. A willingness to delay gratification.
Do you make decisions today with tomorrow in mind?
As you continue to grow spiritually, you become less and less likely to choose the pleasures of today without first considering the consequences of tomorrow.
You will be willing to take what may seem in the present like a short-term loss if it means achieving a long-term gain in the future.
As a spiritually mature Christian, you will choose to do what needs to be done long after the “I feel-like it” feeling is dead and gone.
Sacrifice for you will no longer be a dirty word…it’ll simply be the cost of your growth and success.
5. An attitude of humility.
There will be times in your life when what you want will run contrary to God’s desires for you.
Who you allow to make the final call in these impasses is a barometer of your level of spiritual growth.
The spiritually mature humbly bend themselves to the light and the truth of God’s Word.
They melt before that truth and allow God’s instructions in His Word to guide their daily choices in life.
6. A concern for those who are downtrodden.
Jesus depicted the Good Samaritan as a role model for each of us to aspire to.
And the Good Samaritan’s number one quality that Jesus specifically referenced was an awareness and concern for the needs of those less fortunate.
You are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus to reach a dying and broken world.
You are called to be a flood of hope and encouragement to uplift those who have fallen in life.
The sooner you demonstrate such benevolent action, the sooner you become more like Christ.
Now it’s your turn!
In what ways do you think we can measure our spiritual growth and maturity? Be sure to share your ideas and thoughts in the comments section below!
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As always, I want you to know that I appreciate all that you are and do!