See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For if those did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape who turn away from Him who warns from heaven- Hebrews 12:25 NASB
Jesus had some hard words for Christians who don’t grow (John 15:1-7, Matthew 13:20-21) as did the apostle Paul (1st Corinthians 3:1-13) and the writer of Hebrews (Hebrews 2:1-2, Hebrews 5:11-14). This is because Christians who don’t grow spiritually are messy, ineffectual and reflect poorly on Jesus. Immature believers tend to stay on the fringes of the church and have little to offer the church or the world in the way of knowledge, wisdom, faith and practical support. Because they are immature and worldly they tend to lead other Christians astray and turn those outside the church off to the whole notion of church and Jesus.
Most of us believe it’s big sins like using drugs, or getting caught up in sexual sin or really bad habits like a lack of Bible study or church attendance that stunts our growth. In reality, those behaviors are just the symptoms of the deeper, more systemic problems that stunt our growth. The following five mindsets are where our spiritual growth gets derailed. Best-case scenario the following attitudes will keep us stuck where we’re at, worst-case scenario they cause us to go backwards (Hebrews 5:12). It all starts with:
We tell God He can’t have authority over some part of our lives-
Jesus did not come to earth and die on the cross simply to save our sorry butts from the fires of hell (Matthew 13:41-42). The God of the universe wants much more than just that for His people. He wants to redeem and reshape every part of our lives by bringing our thoughts and our actions into alignment with biblical truth (Romans 12:2). God wants to impact how we operate in our sexuality, marriages, social interactions, parenting, money management and business practices Ephesians 4:1-6:9, Colossians 3). Unfortunately, transformation is uncomfortable, so, many believers shut God out of the parts of their lives that most need transforming. We shut God out when we choose to do some part of life in our strength, using our own wisdom instead of taking the time to learn God’s way of doing things. Not allowing God access to some corner of our lives means we choose not to grow in that area and slow our growth in every other area.
We don’t seek wisdom or ask for advice-
No one is born with the wisdom, insight and information they need to be truly successful in life. God helps us to become well-informed and wise by providing us with friends, family members, authors and various experts who have studied and experienced things we have not (Proverbs 20:18). Being too stubborn, stupid or prideful to ask for advice when we clearly need it will limit our spiritual growth as well as our emotional and intellectual growth (Proverbs 12:1, Proverbs 12:15, Proverbs 19:20).
We give all the wrong people too much influence in our lives-
Christians who don’t grow tend to think 1st Corinthians 15:33 is a warning intended only for teenagers. Truth-be-told bad company corrupts good character no matter our age or position in life. Everyone should know someone who knows Jesus. Therefore, there is nothing wrong with being on friendly terms with unsaved people with questionable character or Christians who need to grow. However, our closest friends should be Christians who hold us accountable and propel us towards spiritual maturity (Proverbs 27:17).
We refuse to deal with our weakness-
I am a huge believer in identifying our strengths and then finding ways to maximize them for the Kingdom (Romans 12:6). That being said, our flaws should never be overlooked, minimized or treated as trivial aspects of our character. People who ignore their weakness or pretend they don’t have any are inevitably devastated by them. The tendency to misrepresent facts, manipulate others, indulge the flesh, act out in rage or embrace laziness will halt spiritual growth and sometimes even undo a lifetime of good works.
We aren’t discerning when it comes to doctrine-
There is nothing the enemy loves more than bad doctrine. The worst doctrine twists biblical truth rather than rebuts it. The wrong thinking that results from this kind of bad teaching not only halts growth it also produces believers who unknowingly pollute the church with even more falsehood (Hebrews 13:9, 1stTimothy 4:16). Every Christian should commit to studying Scripture for themselves rather than simply accept what others tell them is true (Acts 17:11, 2nd Peter 2:1, Jude 1:4).
Sadly, not everyone who begins the race of faith finishes well (Galatians 5:7). Some don’t finish at all (Matthew 13:1-23, 1st Corinthians 9:24). The key to finishing well is to give every part of our lives over to God and ask Him daily to show us our blind spots so we will continue to grow into the image of His Son (2ndCorinthians 3:18).
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🤗Well said. We must continue to pray for those we know who have stalled or seem to have dropped out. God will keep His loving arms about them & work in their hearts.