Growing spiritually can be a little bit of a challenge because most times, the flesh wants to enjoy worldliness. To grow spiritually means to know Jesus more and more and to become more like Him; having the full knowledge of who He is and who we are in Him.
When we grow spiritually, we are less and less enslaved by the flesh. God’s plan for us is not to only come into Christ but to grow in the knowledge of Him. Nobody likes being stagnant, everyone wants to grow and spiritual growth is not an exception.
It should also be noted that growing spiritually is a lifelong process and depends on the studying and application of the word of God.
Tips to Growing Spiritually
I compiled personal tips that have helped me to improve my spiritual life and I believe they are worth sharing.
- Tip#1 – Have friends you can fellowship with
As common as it is, it’s very effective and should not be taken for granted. It cannot be overemphasized the importance of the friends we keep around us. They have great influence on us whether we realize it or are unwilling to admit it. It is advisable to keep friends that encourages and supports you, friends that teach you positive things and challenge you to grow in all aspects of your life.
It’s important to have Christian friends you can discuss the bible with, friends that will encourage you in Christ, friends that will join you in prayers and so on. These friends could be from your church, work, and school, basically anywhere. What matters is that they are Christians that are passionate about Christ and wants to grow also. This kind of friends would challenge you to grow deeper in Christ.
- Tip#2 – Have an accountability partner
Last year, I noticed how my spiritual life was fluctuating; I’d feel so lazy to read my bible. I’d only mutter a short prayer when I wake up and it really bothered me. I knew I had to do something about it.
So late last year, I thought to myself, if only I have someone who would be pushing me and making sure I did what I had to do and gbam! An accountability partner/friend came to mind. I reached out to a friend, we were not even close but I knew she would be the one perfect for it. I told her what I wanted and how I wanted her to help me out and she was excited about it too.
We did devotionals together, discussed the word, prayed and several other things and let’s just say, I’m grateful God placed her in my life.
Now, how did having an accountability partner work?
When we have devotional or a portion of the bible to read, she challenged me to do so. If it was just me, I probably wouldn’t be committed. Even though I didn’t feel like reading the bible, I just had to because she will read hers and we have to discuss. I also didn’t want her asking me, if I was able to study this or do this? And I say, no. Basically, she pushed me and I’m grateful for that.
You can choose an accountability partner from your friends, church member, school etc. What’s important is that the person is more mature than you are spiritually. Why is that? You want the person to challenge you. You don’t need someone less mature than you because you are also struggling to balance your spiritual life.
- Tip#3 – Follow Christians on Social Media
Imagine struggling with temptation or a problem and you open your Instagram and see posts that are encouraging or enlightening you in Christ? That feels good you know. It’s important you follow sound Christians on your social media; these include pastors, Christian bloggers, gospel artistes and so on. I’m not saying you shouldn’t follow any other person, I’m simply saying it’s profitable to have these people in your timeline.
What will that do for you?
- It encourages and enlightens you in Christ
- It makes you see like-minded people and realize that you are not alone in your struggle to do what’s right
- You get updates concerning things like messages, music, activities and so on
- It challenges you to grow more
- You get to engage with other believers
- You can make more like-minded friends
Try it and see.
- Tip#4 – Attend Christian programs and function
Before I go on, I have to make a confession. I am lacking in this area but the good news is I am going to change that this year.
I have noticed that going to these things have a way of making you grow. You get to meet new people, you hear Christians speak, you hear the word of God, you praise and worship, etc. I don’t know about you but these things have a way of lifting my spirit, encouraging me and challenging me to be and do more.
- Tip#5 – Keeping a Bible Study note/book/journal
I know sometimes when we read the Bible, we do so in a hurry and most times, we don’t even remember what we read. It’s advisable to keep a bible study note where you put down scriptures, comments and prayers. Doing this makes sure there’s an effort to know what you read and meditate on it. Another good thing about this is that you can always refer to it. This note/book/journal can be in the form of an app or a physical note. Personally, I use YouVersion Bible App and I also have a notebook with me right beside my bed. You can also keep sticky notes with bible verses around you or on the walls of your room to make you memorize and meditate on them.
- An extra tip – Invest in Christian Resources
You know how we have interests in different things and like to invest in them by buying books about them, listening to talk shows, going to a game, paying for a business summit and so on, that’s how it should be with the things of the Kingdom. Spend money on data to listen to that podcast, watch YouTube videos, buy DVDs on sermons, go for gospel concerts and programs, read books, invest in your spiritual growth. When you do that, you definitely cannot be lukewarm in the spirit. You’d see growth not just spiritually but all around your life.
So, there you have it, my tips to growing spiritually in Christ. I pray that you see results as you use these tips. Amen.
Do you have other tips you use? Please feel free to tell me in the comment section. Also, if you have used or use any of the tips above, let me know how it has worked for you.