How To Grow As A Christian?
1. The Means of Grace:
One of the most overlooked ways for a Christian to grow is the ordinary means of grace. Attending the Lord’s Day services, sitting under the preaching of God’s Word, prayer, fellowship, and the Lord’s Supper. All these different means of grace, when they become a regular aspect of a Christian’s life, will definitely bring forth fruit. In fact, God’s very design of them is to that end. To hear much of Christ in preaching, to pray in Christ name for His sake, to feast on Christ spiritually, to speak about Christ in our fellowship! How will our love for Christ not increase when this is our regular experience.
2. Godly Friends:
Another easy way to grow is befriending others who can help you grow spiritually. Someone you can trust to give you a gracious gospel-centered view of theology and practice. Someone who you can reach out to when your struggling. Someone who can model for you what it is to be a Christian employee, spouse, parent, church member, and friend! One of the fastest ways I’ve seen myself grow is someone modeling for me what a seasoned mature Christian is and getting advice from them often!
3. Take up and read:
I can remember a time when I didn’t read as much as I do now. Not the Scriptures nor theology books. I can see the vast difference in my Christian walk from then to now. The fact of the matter is that Christianity is a reading faith. God left us His Word in book form. I know audio Bibles exist which are great but there is something different about the eyes and mind seeing the word of God as it’s being digested. The same is true for books that have a theological bent. Now mind you, I’ve met many who go first to the theology book before the Bible and that is a sad reality. God’s Word should always be first as it is Christ in the Scriptures that is the bread of life.
Regarding theological books: I love theology books as much as the next guy but try and read books whether practical or theological that will help you love Christ more not merely get more knowledge. For instance, I love Berkhof’s systematic theology but there’s a bit of dryness to it. It feels more like a purely academic read. While Wilhelmus à Brakel’s, The Christian’s Reasonable Service, is much more devotional while still being deeply theological. The point is; don’t read theology for knowledge sake, read theology for your heart to grow a deeper affection for Christ. Also, don’t be too intellectual to pick up a good fiction book that lets you explore God’s design of creative sanctified imagination or a very helpful Christ-centered practical Christian living book.
4. Be Patient:
The scriptures often depict the life of a believer as a tree planted by water. The picture is something of slow growth but strong growth nonetheless. Be patient with yourself. Ask the Lord for wisdom and he will grant it. Don’t expect to be a Wise-Oak-Tree by tomorrow. Listen, ENJOY THE PROCESS OF GETTING TO KNOW YOUR GOD AND KING. Just as you would enjoy taking the time to really get to know your significant other, the same is true for our Divine Love. It is a sweet and joyful thing not to be rushed or hurried through. He has given you His Spirit that will lead you to all truth. It just takes time but if you’re willing to plug away day by day, year after year, growth will come. Be captivated by the story of creation, marvel at the depths of the gospel, ponder the vastness of his love, be astounded at his attributes, drink deep of his covenant dealings, truly taste and see that the Lord is good in all His ways!