Spiritual Growth Takes Effort

I was meeting with a guy this week whose job is to help people train physically and get in shape. He mentioned that it’s not something that just happens. Rather, it takes a great deal of intentionality and effort. Unfortunately, most of us just want to naturally be in shape without expending any extra energy.

The same thing is true spiritually. I know many people who want to grow spiritually but who aren’t willing to put in the work — study, prayer, accountability, service, etc. The result? They don’t grow.

Fortunately, our effort is motivated by God’s power and God’s grace (Philippians 2:12-13). But it’s still work.

What are you doing today to grow spiritually? Are you putting in the work?

P.S. Great post by Sean over at the Praxis Church blog on a similar theme, “Nobody Ever Stumbles into Godliness.”


  1. #1 by Brian Frahm on November 23, 2009 - 9:57 am

    Sean’s post was indeed great. Matt Chandler (pastor in TX) recently talked about being intentional in your spiritual growth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vns2iXKS0Y0

    • #2 by Bill Hartley on November 23, 2009 - 2:26 pm

      A good word – and perfect for the upcoming Advent season, when we’ll focus our hope in Christ into intentional discipleship!

      Unfortunately, most people see the holidays as a season of license and indulgence. Could we swim against that tide, and heighten our spiritual disciplines — restoring the “holidays” back into the “holy-days” they once were? I hope so. Praying for all of you at Second Mile!

  2. #3 by Quinn on December 1, 2009 - 1:28 pm

    Same thing for marriage, right? You don’t put in the effort and be intentional, the relationship doesn’t develop to a deeper level.

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