Philippians 3:10 (AMP) For my determined purpose is that I may know Christ – that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him…
Here, we read about the Apostle Paul not just wanting to know Jesus more deeply but to grow in his relationship with Jesus.
The psalmist in Psalm 139:23,24 says:
Investigate my life, O God, find out everything about me; Cross-examine and test me, get a clear picture of what I’m about; See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong—then guide me on the road to eternal life.
In other words, where do I need to grow, to change, to become more like Christ?
This is a personal evaluation. But often, we all have blind spots and the way God reveals areas for growth is through other people who have your best interests at heart. About 80% of this usually comes through the preaching of God’s Word on a Sunday.
Hearing the preaching of God’s Word is so important because often, we think we know where we need to grow. But when you listen to the Word of God preached, it’s hearing what God wants you to know. Going to church is like driving your car to a service station to “fill up” with fuel. Every Sunday you “fill up” with God.
One of the most important tasks of every preacher is to be aware of both the emptiness of fallen man and the fullness of Christ, so Christ can then fill our emptiness, lighten our darkness, enrich our poverty and bring our human souls alive by the Spirit and Word of God.
Every time we spend time with Jesus, this divine exchange is taking place!
But it all starts with a decision, followed by a process. That process is the daily habit of spending time with Jesus, a weekly habit of going to church along with the habit of fellowshipping in a connect group. Many Christians make a decision for Christ but then skip the process. And what you need to understand is the invisible trap that prevents you from growing…
The trap to growing is PRIDE.
It’s admitting where I need to grow and change – it might be in my attitudes, my character, maybe it's a legalistic theology that's holding me in bondage. Maybe I possess a stubborn streak and will not allow others like a pastor or leader, to speak into my stubbornness.
This can be dangerous because God speaks into your life through these people. If you have an inherent theological difference with your church, then find a church where you can get on board with everything and be “all in.” When you only give 50% or 75%, your pastor or God for that matter, cannot use you. They need people who are 100% on board!
Paul was determined to grow in Christ. He gave 100% of himself to God. He wasn’t going to allow anything to get in the way of that. He humbled himself, his views, his status, his credentials, his seniority and everything else this world valued, so that he could more deeply and intimately know and grow in Christ.