Measuring our spiritual growth is no easy task.
Don’t you wish there was a meter on your wrist that daily measured your spiritual growth? The joy of seeing a gradual 1% daily spiritual growth increase would be beneficial. But of course, that is only a fantasy. And spiritual growth is a real mystery and hard to grasp-like trying to catch the wind.
There are days I feel spiritually endowed — like a spiritual Hulk Hogan. During those Hulk Hogan days, I can handle almost anything that comes my way — rejection, insecurity, fear, and more.
Then there are the other days — the days where my confidence in God and me are low. These are the days when my thoughts are under attack, and I feel like a spiritual failure. On these days, my spiritual growth meter would display— low.
We also must realize our spiritual growth is not measured by feelings. The truth is, measuring your spiritual growth or condition through feelings is a terrible metric. Your feelings are the poorest tool to gauge your spirituality or spiritual state, and the scriptures validate this truth repeatedly.
- Abraham felt like a failure because he was not a father. But God had plans to make Abraham the father of faith.
- Jacob was convinced that his brother, Esau, would murder him. But God gave Jacob favor with his brother.
- Saul displayed the feelings that David could never defeat Goliath on the battlefield. But God had another plan, and God’s plans often contradict our feelings.
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand. (Proverbs 19:21, ESV)
How often have you designed a plan, and God had a better idea? For me, hundreds of times. Fact is, I rarely see my plans come to fruition, and I often see God’s plan come together like pieces of a puzzle-daily, gradually, eventually.
These processes — daily, gradually, and eventual are the methods God uses to reveal Himself and mature us. Our spiritual maturity is seen and realized in the day-to-day process, and we grow from one faith experience to another.
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:17, NKJV) Let’s take a deeper look at “faith to faith”
Have you ever noticed that faith can grow? Have you ever seen that on certain days you exemplify more faith in God than other days? I sure have.
I have also noticed changes in my faith level. How did it grow? I don’t know. When did it grow? I don’t know. God works in mysterious ways without us being aware of what He is doing.
For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. (Philippians 4:13, ESV)
You may be thinking a formula for spiritual growth would be great. I agree. Except there isn’t one. And life is like that on many fronts.
A roller coaster
I know this post is up and down and all around. Is maturity not like that — all over the place? Yes. Do you remember getting through your teenage years? Those years as a teenager were brutal — feelings dominated every day and riding the waves of emotions was normal.
Spiritual maturity can resemble those teenage years. We may never be perfect, but it’s good to know we are being perfected one day at a time.
In my next article, we will dive into “biblical hacks for slow spiritual growth.”
See you then.