In Touch Daily Devotional 
by Dr. Charles Stanley

Saturday June 11, 2005

True Spiritual Growth

James 1:17-27

 

If you want to experience genuine growth in your Christian life, it is not enough to hear and be instructed by the Word. You may love going to Bible studies, seminars, and conferences or listening to countless teachers and preachers. When you can have great discussions about spiritual topics, you might assume you have grown significantly. However, unless you live out your faith by giving yourself away in ministry to others, your “progress” amounts to nothing more than head knowledge. Memorizing Scripture is wonderful, but God wants to use all that truth to impact someone else’s life—otherwise, you’re missing the point!

 

Spiritual growth is the result of` practicing the principles you receive from God. This is done by sharing the truth of the Gospel with others, loving them, and serving them. Jesus did not come merely as a great teacher; He came as a servant—even to the lowest in His society, like lepers, prostitutes, fanatics, and thieves. (Matthew 20:28)

 

When the Savior walked on earth, He did the Father’s will by wholeheartedly involving Himself in people’s lives. His purpose today is the same: to reach the world with His love, through you. If that were not the case, He would have taken you to heaven as soon as you were saved—that would have been the safest thing to do! But you are here for a purpose: to reach out with Christ’s love to a world that desperately needs to hear, feel, and see through your actions that Jesus really does care for them. This happens one individual at a time, through your warm-hearted, personal involvement in that person’s life. Does anyone come to mind?

 

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