How do we grow spiritually?
Just answer that question in you mind for a minute or two. Really think about it. Think about how you have grown spiritually over the course of your life. Has growth come during times of study, times of trials, times of prayer, times of listening, times of reading, times of working in ministry, times of serving the poor, times of serving your family, and/or times of teaching? If you are like me, you would probably say yes to all of those times that have offered the opportunity to learn more about the God’s love for us.
I would like to propose a theory that, as I looked back and took survey of my spiritual life, I found that the most growth happened in either times of trial or times of serving others. I learn things studying God’s Word, I definitely do. I not negating the importance of His Word in any way, shape, or form.
So if this might be true, that trials and service bring fruitful times of growth, why wouldn’t we embrace those times. We cannot and should not bring trials into our life. God is in charge of that, and let’s keep it that way. But we can take a proactive role in making service a big part of our lives.
I want to focus more of my writing about this idea. Writing about it will help me as a writer try to find what is true. As I do, I will be using the hashtag #servetogrow. Please join in. I need your help as a reader. I need your feedback. If you are instagraming pictures of your Kingdom work or sharing a post on Facebook or Twitter about you experience serving others, use the hashtag #servetogrow. If you do that, I can find your posts. I want to test my theory out. I want to see God use your gifts in service and see your spiritual growth happen.
Today I also want to share a story with you that is a perfect example of growing closer to the Lord during service.
My friend Cassie Haney and her family are just beginning a journey as missionaries to Mexico. When they gave this testimony at church, it brought tears to my eyes. I know it will bless you heart as well. Click over and read this.
The Haney family were so full of the Joy of the Lord because they were serving Him. The woman spotted that and received joy also by giving to their family’s mission.
You don’t have to move to a different country to serve Him. When you are intentional about seeking to serve, God will use your willingness where ever you are.
When God’s grace places us into the position of serving Him, we can give, receive, and truly experience the Joy of the Lord.
"And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful." - Titus 3:14 ESV
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