Saturday, January 23, 2010

Planning for Spiritual Growth

This week was a wake-up call for me in my spiritual journey. Last Sunday, Fellowship Church handed out the personal engagement planner to encourage us and push us to engage our hearts individually to be a part the the body of Christ. Our associate pastor spoke on the the importance of planning our spiritual growth. That stood out to me and woke me up. We plan everything in our lives, hanging out with friends, eating, trips, our work schedules, date nights... and for some reason the though of planning my spiritual growth sounded like a novel idea. What is wrong with that picture?

On Monday night, my small group (some amazing women of God) discussed this principle as well. How is it that we spend so much time planning and packing for a trip, but don't prepare for your spiritual "trip"? We put so much thought and time into an insignificant trip that comes and goes so quickly, while the most important journey we just let happen as we mosey on down our spiritual paths.

As if all this thought and discussion wasn't enough, on Friday night, I was finishing up John Piper's chapter on prayer for our couple small group when the same message was repeated:
We get up day after day and realize that significant times of prayer should be apart of our life, but nothing's ever ready. We don't know where to go. Nothing has been planned. No time. No place. No procedure. And we all know that the opposite of planning is not a wonderful flow of deep, spontaneous experiences in prayer. The opposite of planning is the rut. If you don't plan a vacation, you will probably stay home and watch TV. The natural , unplanned flow of spiritual life sinks to the lowest ebb of vitality. There is a race to be run and a fight to be fought. If you want renewal in your life of prayer, you must plan to see it.

I am so thankful that God is teaching me the importance of planning and diligence. My desire is to constantly grow in my knowledge and love for Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. My desires are weak. Not only must I desire to grow but I must plan to grow. The amazing thing is that my spiritual journey beginning, middle and end belongs to Christ and is because of his grace and mercy.
And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. Romans 8:30

I have been predestined, called, justified and glorified. My glorification is as good as done because of Christ's blood and his death on the cross. And so it is for every child of God. What a blessing it is to be able to spend time in the Word of God and prayer.

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