So you are a Christian but aren’t sure how to grow spiritually?
Well here’s how!
What is necessary for a baby’s growth?
- Loving & Sleeping
You (as a baby Christian) also need these same things for growth.
- Eating: Reading the Word of God (the Bible).
- Crying: Crying out to God through prayer.
- Exercising: Living a purified, godly life and telling others how God is for you.
- Loving & Sleeping: Being loved by God and resting (worry-free) in God’s promises.
“Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.” (1 Peter 2:2)
God’s Word, the Bible is our spiritual food. As a baby, you start on the “milk of the Word” until you can grow and digest the “meat of the Word.” You feed your physical body everyday—not just once a week. Even so, you must be fed spiritually every day.
“Sin will keep me from this Book or this Book will keep me from sin.”
Write this within the front of your Bible to help remind you that you need to eat the “Word” daily to keep you out of trouble.
“When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart's delight, for I bear your name, LORD God Almighty.” (Jeremiah 15:16)
Every morning, noon, and evening you eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at a regular time and place. In the same way, your Bible-time should be consistent. Set a time and place each day for Bible reading and studying the Word of God.
Think about it and then write it down…
- My time with God is _______________.
- My place with God is _______________.
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Revelation 3:20)
When a baby cries, he develops his lungs. He cries when he hurts. He cries when he is hungry. He cries when he wants attention. And he cries when he just wants something. Mother loves the baby, so she listens and responds to his cries. She does not always give him what he cries for immediately because she knows what is best for him. But she is eager to give him what he wants if it’s good for him.
“If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11)
Now you have the privilege of crying out (through prayer) to God your Father when you get hurt. You cry out when you need attention and love. You cry out when you are spiritually hungry. And you cry out when you just want something. Prayer is talking to God and allowing Him to speak to you through His Word. Prayer is a conversation. You have a direct line to God. Anytime you want to connect with God; he is there. You never get a busy signal or find Him “out to lunch.”
“Call to me, and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3)
God’s phone number is Toll-Free.
“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” (Jeremiah 29:12)
A baby kicks and waves his arms. This waving develops his muscles and makes him strong so he can learn to crawl, walk, and then run!
Your exercise as a baby Christian is learning to live a purified life. Jesus Christ won your victory over sin on the Cross, so the life you live in Christ shows you are a child of God.
“How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your Word.” (Psalm 119:9)
Another part of your exercise is the “witness” you speak. Each time you tell someone about your new life in Christ, you are developing a muscle. The more you share your faith, the easier it gets.
“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” (Romans 10:14)
LOVING & SLEEPING
Just as a baby needs love and sleep, a Christian needs love from His heavenly Father and an assurance that he can rest in his Word as truth.
“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
We are the object of God’s love. He made us to love us, and we love because he loves.
“We love because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)
We can rest back in His arms and sleep knowing there is nothing to worry about because He loves us and will take care of us.
“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
This is only the beginning, but you are off to a great start. The next step is to become part of a Bible-believing Bible-preaching Church. There you will find Christian friends who will love you and care for you, and help you grow in your Christian walk. They will help you to learn how to understand God’s Word and how to spend time with God in prayer, and they will show you how God answers our prayers through His Word and His people. They will help you with your “exercises” and will love you and help you to understand God’s love.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)