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Am I Growing?

February 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Photo courtesy of Gab’s fruit

One of the funniest differences between men and women oftentimes, is how we view our bodies. Guys can gained 10 lbs and just assume it’s muscle we unknowingly built. “Maybe it’s a little more “man strength?”

After the Holidays, yeah we may have put on a little extra, but if you’re a guy, you look in the mirror and think “hmm, it doesn’t really show…I wear it well.” When we look in the mirror we focus on the best and ignore the rest. Who needs to see a profile anyways? For some reason it makes my belly look like it sticks out. That’s weird? Ha! Some women may struggle more (generally speaking) with self-image, but men, I admit, we struggle with self-actualization!

This brings me to the question… How honest are we about our spiritual growth? Do we look in the mirror and see what we want to see, or where we really are? Do we only look from the angles that look best to us, or do we see it all? Here’s a reality check question I started to ask myself several years ago…How do I really know if I’m growing spiritually?

When I first started asking that question, I was confusing time passing with actual growth. Christianity is not about pursing perfection, (that’s Lexus) but is about progress (that’s Rom 12:2). So what does spiritual progress look like?

It’s a little tricky… Spiritual growth is not gauged by what we do, but who we are, yet not just who we are but who God is in us. Now that’s clear. Ha! Let’s look at it…

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,  faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Galatians 5:22-23

SPIRITUAL GROWTH QUIZ…

Am I more (fruit of the Spirit) than I was at this time last year? Month? More…Loving? Joyful? Peaceful? Patient? Kind? Good? Faithful? Gentle? Self-controlled?

Now that’s a brutal examination. It narrows the subjectivity down to me having to really look at myself. Is more of God becoming more of me, or more of me becoming more of the world? Here are a few more verses utilizing the fruit metaphor…

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. – John 15:5

All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth.  – Col 1:6

And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.  – Col 1:10

He (Father) cuts off every branch in me (Jesus) that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. – John 15:2

We track a lot of things in life. Do you think it is possible to track spiritual growth without it becoming legalistic or performance based?

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