Sunday, January 22, 2012

Growth as a Christian: what does it look like?

As Christians, we often seek big, flashy experiences from God. However, we sometimes forget that our Christian life is just that - life. All kinds of life grow slowly and almost imperceptibly. It's true for human children. It's true for the plant pictured below. It's also true for the life of Christ within us.

Check out this list of verses about the normal Christian life that I received from Kyle Barton at the first Christians on Campus meeting of the semester last night:
  • 2 Corinthians 4:16 - "Therefore we do not lose heart; but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day."
  • Exodus 23:30 - "Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have become fruitful and inherit the land."
  • Proverbs 4:18 - "But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until the full day."
  • Isaiah 50:4 - "The Lord Jehovah has given me the tongue of the instructed, that I should know how to sustain the weary with a word. He awakens me morning by morning; He awakens my ear to hear as an instructed one."
  • 2 Corinthians 3:18 - "But we all with unveiled face, beholding and reflecting like a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord Spirit."
  • Psalm 84:5-7 - "Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, in whose heart are the highways to Zion...they go from strength to strength; each appears before God in Zion."
  • John 1:16 - "For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace."
  • Isaiah 28:13 - "Therefore Jehovah's word to them will a little, there a little."
  • 1 Corinthians 14:31 - "For you can all prophesy one by one that all may learn and all may be encourage."
  • Acts 2:46  - "And day by day, continuing steadfastly with one accord in the temple and breaking bread from house to house, they partook of their food with exultation and simplicity of heart..."


Vania said...

Your first verse is one of my favorites. Our spirit can receive a fresh supply of divine life day by day. :)

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