Of Christian Growth
this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and
in all judgment; . . . being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which
are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. Phil. 1:9-11.
is life, there will be growth and fruit-bearing; but unless we grow in grace,
our spirituality will be dwarfed, sickly, fruitless. It is only by growing,
by bearing fruit, that we can fulfill God’s purpose for us. “Herein
is my Father glorified,” Christ said, “that ye bear much fruit”
(John 15:8). In order to bear much fruit, we must make the most of our privileges.
We must use every opportunity granted us for obtaining strength.
noble character, with all its grand possibilities, has been provided for every
human being. But there are many who have not an earnest longing for such a
character. They are not willing to part with the evil that they may have the
good. . . . They neglect to grasp the blessings that would place them in harmony
with God. . . . They cannot grow.
the divine plans for growth is impartation. The Christian is to gain strength
by strengthening others. “He that watereth shall be watered also himself”
(Prov. 11:25). This is not merely a promise; it is a divine law, a law by
which God designs that the streams of benevolence, like the waters of the
great deep, shall be kept in constant circulation, continually flowing back
to their source. In the fulfilling of this law is the secret of spiritual
growth. . . .
come to God in faith, He will receive us and give us strength to climb upward
to perfection. If we watch every word and action, that we may do nothing to
dishonor the One who has trusted us, if we improve every opportunity granted
us, we shall grow into the full stature of men and women in Christ. . . .
is Christ revealed in us? Are we doing all in our power to gain a body that
is not easily enfeebled, a mind that looks beyond self to the cause and effect
of every movement, that can wrestle with hard problems and conquer them, a
will that is firm to resist evil and defend the right? Are we crucifying self?
Are we growing up into the full stature of men and women in Christ, preparing
to endure hardness as good soldiers of the cross?
Devotional: Our Father Cares, pp. 217, 218.