Strength is multi-faceted. Physical strength comes by good health, and is sustained by nutrition, activity, and genetics. Intellectual strength is built upon effort, consistency, and access to quality education. Strength of character is never fully developed; character, by definition, is an ever changing, fluid process, which ebbs and flows over a lifetime, being closely entwined with strength of spirit. Spiritual strength is a process, beginning with secure foundations built upon solid truth. “Picture it: Sicily, 1924…” (I’m only teasing. Y’all chill.)
Spiritual maturity is measured in steps. (Baby steps ARE steps.) One layer must be cured, aged, and solidified before the next can be constructed. Many new believers lose the foundations perspective, because they are on fire for God. They’ve seen real change in their personal lives, and are ready to share that euphoric clarity with the lost. Enthusiasm is certainly never a negative in the crusade for Christ. God welcomes and encourages us to study and spread His Word throughout the world, that no man should be without the knowledge of the Gospel. Christ’s teachings, however, caution us to be firmly rooted in our own foundations, so as never to be given over to false doctrines, false prophets, and errant interpretation.
As important as these modern times are for the winning of souls into the Kingdom of God, it is crucial that we are diligent in preparation and study. To impart erroneous knowledge to new believers would be devastating for that believer, and could very well turn them away from the body, forever. At worst, the, now, non believer seeks to further the agenda of satan, skeptical of well meaning Christians who gave information directly contradictory to The Word.
To grow in spirit takes time. Testimony is evidence, not law. Every Christian’s testimony is valuable and varied. The reason behind the variation is humanity. All people are naturally drawn to others that seemingly and openly relate to the trials they themselves have endured. Since all mankind is inherently variable, God intended for each of us to reach and teach other like minded individuals. There is certainly a blue print drawn in Heaven, and carried out accordingly. We will reach those we are intended to reach. In God’s timing.
It is tempting, even so very easy, to become distracted with the social aspect of today’s Christianity. Church is now a place expected to entertain and stimulate. Martin Luther (and others before and since) warned of these outward activities, which, when integrated into the life of the Church, can and will push out the sustenance for which the body of believers need gather in the first place. All believers need consistent study, prayer, contemplation, and support to grow. Believers that practice due diligence, and lay solid foundations are frankly, the best equipped to lead others to God. Share your enthusiasm, support, and offer to use your gifts within the church, but be very careful to not neglect your own growth, for faith built upon a foundation of sand easily shifts and crumbles.
Be secure in your spiritual strength. Be blessed, Y’all.
~ This life therefore is not righteousness,
but growth in righteousness, not health, but healing,
not being, but becoming, not rest but exercise.
We are not yet what we shall be,
but we are growing toward it,
the process is not yet finished,
but it is going on,
this is not the end,
but it is the road.
All does not yet gleam in glory,
but all is being purified. ~