“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 become disappointed with my slow spiritual growth when 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. I become trapped into 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.
In my walk, one of my distractions is comparing myself to other believers. The result is never good, so it helps to remember that each of us starts our spiritual journey from 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 that we are all crossing a wilderness starting from different points and as we look across that wilderness we will see others slightly ahead and behind as we move toward the same goal.
So avoid the trap of spiritual comparison by remembering today that your spiritual growth is a process…a journey unique to you…and He is walking that journey with you.
Prayer: Lord, help me keep my eyes focused on You, not on those around me!