MARCH 4, Philippians 1:9-11
“Mummy! Mummy! My caterpillar has grown into a butterfly!” Can you imagine little Daniel’s joy when he saw the transformation of an ugly worm into a beautiful multi-coloured butterfly? As the years go on, not only will Daniel notice the increase in his own height, he will also notice the increase in his knowledge. Wherever there is life there is growth. Growth means increase.
As Christians, our faith must grow because Christ is living. This is called spiritual growth. How do you tell if your faith is growing? For us to grow physically, we must feed on physical food.
For our spiritual growth, we must feed on spiritual food. is spiritual food is none other than the Word of God. As we grow in our knowledge of God’s goodness, our love for God and others should also grow. We will also turn from our sinful ways to do righteous things. This change will reflect our growth in love for God, His word and work.
Apostle Paul had been praying for spiritual growth for the Philippians who were his first converts in Europe. When Apostle Paul learnt of the growing affection and love between the believers in Philippi and how firmly they stood in their faith in Christ, he was overjoyed. They were experiencing strong spiritual growth. Is your love for God growing? Are you feeding on the living Word?
Unscramble the following groups of letters to find out the areas Christians must grow or increase in:
LEDKWGNEO _______________________ IDMOSW _______________________ OVEL _______________________
(2 Peter 3:18, Luke 2:52 & 1 Peter 2:2 would help in finding answers...)
Thought: We ought to pray to be more and more like Jesus.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to grow spiritually so that I will love thee more each day. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.