“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Eph. 5:1,2 (NIV)
It’s not uncommon for me to fall into the trap of being disappointed with my slow spiritual growth. This usually occurs either because I encounter someone who has a greater depth of spiritual maturity, or when I have failed once again to apply new truths to an old problem.
The trap is thinking that spiritual growth is a destination…not a journey.
That’s why Paul uses the term walk.
We are to follow God’s example as dearly loved children…and walk.
Walking is a process; it is a process of movement along the journey. We forget that our spiritual journey is never complete…even when we stand before the Lord.
That will be just the beginning!
Remember, Jesus told us that even in heaven, we will have responsibilities.
One of the distractions I wrestle with is comparing myself to other believers…especially those who have known the Lord for a long time.
I often see myself as falling short…
It helps me to remember that each of us starts our spiritual journey in a different place. And though the destination is the same for all followers of Jesus, the path to get there is different for each of us.
Spiritual growth is not a race against others…it’s an individual process.
The truth is more like the picture of crossing a wilderness toward the same goal, but each of us starting at different points. I can look across the wilderness and see other pilgrims who may appear slightly ahead or slightly behind. What we can’t forget is that each of us has traversed a different landscape to get to where we are.
The goal of our spiritual journey is to become like Jesus.
It is a process…and He is walking the journey with us.
Jesus is the goal as well as the One helping us toward the goal. He is the One empowering us to take the steps, the One showing us where to walk, and the One to whom we are walking.
Avoid the trap of spiritual comparison.
Just look to the One who is calling…and He will guide.
Prayer: Lord, help me keep my eyes focused on You!