Foundations Class Week 2: Growth
Yesterday morning, I led week two of a Foundations Class at my church. If you remember from my post last week, we talked about grace during the first class. This week, we continued along with the five Gs outlined in Fully Devoted, a study guide by John Ortberg, with the topic of growth.
Growth is an interesting topic. When I think of growth these days, I think about growth in my running, in my writing, and in my engineering management career path. In each of these areas, growth doesn’t just happens. It takes work. If I want to run a marathon, I have to go into strict training. If I want to become a better writer and maybe someday write a book, I have to keep practicing and learning. If I want to keep up with the ever-changing engineering and leadership fields, I have to stay in training so I can learn about new technologies and about new leadership techniques.
Spiritual growth is somewhat similar. It doesn’t just happen. It takes time, experience, and some effort on our parts if we’re serious about growing spiritually. Sure, God could just zap us with spiritual maturity, but we would then miss out on all the experience and training.
So, what does this kind of training look like?
That’s a good question.
I think it includes an attitude of learning – we need to learn God’s Word. We need to develop a heart for prayer. And we need to listen for God. Listening to God can happen in a corporate setting of worship and small groups, but it also happens in solitude where the distractions of this world are put aside for a brief period of time. Honestly, this is the area where I struggle with now. I feel so often that I’m running from one thing to the next. I even wrote about this last week. How can I hear God’s calling when I’m typically too busy even to hear myself think?
As we walked through our discussion, we talked about a few verses that encourage us to be intentional in our spiritual training. I would encourage you to read these verses and see how they relate to the topic of growth and spiritual transformation.
It’s funny how God hits you on the head with a message when you’re in the spotlight leading. This is a message that I need to hear over and over again. It should be a fun week. Leanne and I are leading a discussion on discipline at the week’s MOPS meeting at our church. Sounds like another blog post and some more challenging lessons.
What does your spiritual training look like right now? What steps do you need to take to grow spiritually?