How does one measure spiritual growth? But to put it more succinctly, how does God measure spiritual growth? My personal response is based on the Holy Scriptures:
|“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 |
“But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.” Ephesians 4:7 KJV
You might be tempted to measure spiritual growth with the same yardstick as one would measure personal growth, but you would be ‘dead’ wrong. I put the word dead in bold letters and single quotes because the duration of our personal lives end in death; but the duration of our spiritual lives live on for eternity!
Let’s explore this week’s conversation with God a little deeper…
Earlier this week I received a troubling phone call from a senior friend exclaiming that the Holy Spirit had been troubling her all morning placing me on her mind. The caller was perplexed and sought through prayer what it was she was to say to me. My friend said the mental inclination was that she was instructed to give me three scriptures to read and meditate over: namely, Matthew 18:18, 19 and 20.
|18 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever you lose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”|
Now, this form of communication might seem strange to you, but since I, too, experience this kind of interaction with spiritual encounters, I listened to my friend’s telephone message with great enthusiasm.
So, after our conversation ended, I immediately began to read and search the scriptures to see under what situation/condition these biblical verses were dispensed by Jesus. This messianic teaching was given to church members who attempted to restore fallen members back into the congregation. If, after making several unsuccessful attempts to reunite the fallen members to the fold, and they do not listen, then you are to treat them as though they were a pagan or a tax collector.
Prayerfully, I conversed with the Holy Spirit and inquired what does this scripture message have to do with me. I received this answer: You will recall that a couple of weeks ago you asked for godly intervention on resolving a disagreement you were having with a family member. You are to apply these scriptures to your situation and therein you will find the godly answer.
The main question according to Matt. 18:15 is whether the ‘sister or brother’ is a member of the Household of Faith and has accepted the sonship of Christ Jesus. Seemingly, this information is important when counseling the individual in question. If the individual has accepted Christ as their personal Savior, I am to attempt to agree in conversation with them the teachings of the Lord. If, however, the individual in question is not a Believer, extend an invitation to them to consider following Christ just as you would a tax collector or pagan. God alone will judge both performances and lovingly act in both persons best interest…yours and your (temporary) foe.
This was my first case wherein I received a PERSONAL response from God and had my prayer answered direct from on High. Words cannot express how blessed I felt to have receive that heavenly telephone call from my friend. She admitted to me that she did not know under what circumstances she was led to contact me…all she knew was that she could not rest until she had delivered the message. Hallelujah to her obedience and faithfulness. In other words, God wanted me to continue to grow in finding ways to resolve spiritual matters. Why? Because it is extremely necessary for each and every child of God to grow daily in our spiritual walk, and to increase our faith and to become stronger witnesses in his service.
My prayer for you and me…
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your intervention in this matter. Please direct my steps in turning back to You for direction. I praise You for the prosperity that You have planned for me, for the heavenly future that You have prepared for me and your children. My continued prayer will be that all those persons who still reside out of the ark of safety will hear the Gospel, repent and accept Your invitation to take up the blood-stained banner of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen and Amen
Scripture Lesson: “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7
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