Taking On God's Character
Taking On God’s Character
Spiritual growth is far more than just sinning less or knowing the Bible more. The marker of spiritual growth is becoming godlier in our character. This is what Paul said in Eph. 4:15: We “are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, that is Christ.” For us to grow more like God in our character, we need to understand three foundational principles when it comes to spiritual growth.
The first principle is that our motivation matters. Sadly, for some, they only want to live right because they fear consequences. Others seek God only as a means of self-improvement. The only motivation that will get the job done is having a fervent love for God (Matt. 22:37-40).
The second principle is that we are wholly responsible and utterly dependent on God for our growth. In Phil. 2:12-13 Paul reminds us that we must work out our own salvation (v.12). Why? Because God is at work in us (v.13). We must take personal ownership of our faith and seek to grow godlier in our character and conduct. However, we are not alone in this! God is powerfully working in us to help, strengthen, and equip us to grow more like Him. Never forget that!
And the third principle is that growth is a process. Paul said that he did not believe he had arrived at perfection, but he “press[ed] on” (Phil. 3:12). Growing godlier requires this kind of mindset.
As we begin our study on the fruit of the Spirit, let us remember these foundational principles this year; for they will only help us grow godlier in our character and conduct.