‘But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. “Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.’ 1 Peter 2v9-10
In this passage we see how a people with no identity become known as the ‘people of God.’ The task given to them was to show God’s goodness to those outside the Church and lead others from darkness into light. Straightforward so far. However, unlike every living creature in this world that goes through the stages of birth and growth, this is not always guaranteed for people when they become Christian. Yes, spiritual birth occurs but the growth that ought follow may not where they refuse to engage with the Holy Spirit of God. There are many reasons this happens but most often it’s an ignorance about spiritual gifts or reluctance to engage with the faith they’ve undertaken.
In the same way that an infant’s growth will falter as he continues to refuse food offered to him, so too spiritual growth will falter in communities where they quench the Holy Spirit and/or do not keep pace with Him . Very often this occurs when individuals no longer engage with their spiritual gifts but can also occur due to a lack of understanding about the spiritual elements of their faith.
Question: Why do some churches fail to grow spiritually?
Answer: Lack of spiritual engagement within the community.
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‘There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are….believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.’ Hebrews 5v11-15
Want to grow spiritually? It all starts here! Or rather, it starts when we determine to be obedient to God and scripture. As we do this, we discover our spiritual gifts. Moreover, we find that one particular spiritual gift that stands out from among the many. A particular gift God wants us to use which is often referred to as our primary spiritual gift.
Now, some might say: ‘But Bob, I don’t know my spiritual gifts?’ Don’t fret! Take the spiritual gift test using either an app, e-book or print copy (UK only) of ‘Know your spiritual gifts’ and begin a spiritual journey of a lifetime as you build God’s church.
All the best!